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

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

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 proposalsfor 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.

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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