Old Town

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Lansing’s historic Old Town district is getting another boost.

The shopping and dining district is just north of Lansing’s downtown.

Mayor Virg Bernero says a developer plans to spend three million dollars rehabbing and expanding an old building into new retail and residential space.

“Vibrant, thriving cities have great buildings… great places for people to live and work,” says Bernero, “and Old Town increasingly, more and more, is becoming that place.”

Emily Fox / Michigan Radio

REO Town's past

Ryan Wert is a young entrepreneur who’s been living in REO Town for the past 8 years. REO Town is a neighborhood on Lansing’s south side that used to be home to the R-E-O Motor Company. This was a vibrant working class neighborhood, but now the main street is pretty vacant except for a few new office buildings.