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Lansing residents get a chance to weigh in on plans to sell their city hall

Dec 10, 2017

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The Lansing city council will hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposal to sell city hall to a developer.

Chicago-based Beitler Real Estate Services proposes turning Lansing city hall into a hotel. It’s part of a complicated deal under which the developer would spend $42 million renovating the building. Beitler would also turn the old Lansing State Journal building into the capitol city’s new city hall.

Beitler was one of four developers who responded to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s request for proposals for developing the aging municipal building across from the state capitol. Bernero has said it would cost too much to renovate city hall. 

The mayor wants to make it a done deal by the end of the year, before he leaves office.

But the Lansing city council must give its approval first.