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Lansing's mayor wants to move city hall

Virg Bernero, mayor of Lansing.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Lansing City Hall could soon have a new home.

Mayor Virg Bernero wants to move it from its current location across from the state capitol building to a less developed area several blocks south.

Bernero's chief of staff Randy Hannan says the current city hall building is aging and in need of updates. Hannan says it would cost  at least $50 to $60 million to bring it up to modern standards.

"[That estimate] includes things like [Americans with Disabilities Act] compliance, fire safety, eliminating asbestos, updating all of the HVAC systems, and so forth," Hannan said.

Under the proposal, city hall would move to part of the former Lake Trust Credit Union headquarters further down Capitol Avenue.

Hannan says re-purposing the vacant building would cost about half of what it would take to renovate the current city hall.  

The mayor is expected to discuss the proposal, which would need city council approval, in greater detail during his State of the City address Tuesday evening. 

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