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Renovation costs of Lansing ballpark rising

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Major renovations to Lansing’s downtown baseball stadium are costing more than expected.

City officials recently learned the renovations to the nearly 20-year-old ballpark would cost $3 million more than expected.

Bob Trezise is the president of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. He says the problem is that the economy is getting better.

“The economy is rebounding and there aren’t enough construction firms and construction workers,” says Trezise. “So I think all construction projects are facing this ordeal right now.”

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Construction is already underway renovating the nearly 20 year old ballpark and an apartment building in the outfield

Trezise says the city and the minor league team will split the added costs.

“This $1.5 million will save the city money in the long run by the quality of the construction,” says Trezise.

The Lansing City Council must still approve the added spending.

Trezise says construction of a new apartment complex overlooking the outfield is not part of the added costs to the project. 

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.