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Lansing city council may consider sending golf course question to voters tonight

Artist's conception of possible changes to a portion of the Red Cedar golf course.
(courtesy of the Lansing Economic Development Corp.)
Artist's conception of possible changes to a portion of the Red Cedar golf course.

The Lansing city council may agree tonight to ask voters to decide if part of a closed city golf course can be sold.   The land is being eyed for future business development. 

The proposal to sell part of the closed Red Cedar golf course has been stuck in a Lansing city council subcommittee since last spring.    Some council members said they wanted more information. 

City Council President A’Lynne Robinson is optimistic the council can get it unstuck this week.  

“I am getting a feeling that the questions that were outstanding have been answered. And that, individuals will be able to vote…in the affirmative.”

If the city council agrees, the question of what to do with the Red Cedar golf course will move to the ballot in November.   If voters approve, the city will look for a possible buyer.

Last spring,  Lansing economic development officials unveiled a proposal to use a 12 acre section of the Red Cedar golf course as part of a potential multi-million dollar retail development.  But, there’s no specific plan or developer in place. 

The Lansing city council must agree before the end of this month or the issue can’t be placed on the November ballot. 


Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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