Downtown plan offers new hope for the homeless population

The Lansing Housing Commission and the Capital Area Transportation Authority have plans for separate projects that would transform most of a square block on South Grand Avenue across the street from the CATA Transportation Center.

The proximity to the bus station is strategic because the proposals seek to benefit homeless and low-income residents.

LHC has proposed 63 apartments above 2,200 square feet of retail space. Executive director Doug Fleming estimated the cost at $22.5 million. Most apartments would be priced for low-income tenants, but some would be market rate, he said. 

The project would occupy most of the east side of the 400 block of South Grand, which stretches north to south between Kalamazoo and Lenawee streets and west to Cherry Street. A small strip mall anchored by Baryames Cleaners would remain at Kalamazoo and Grand.

Meanwhile, CATA is eyeing the construction of an administrative building with space for homeless services on the south end of the block that the city’s old Center for the Arts — which housed BoarsHead Theatre — occupied. It would possibly have apartments as well.

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