City Center Partners, LLP
City Center Redevelopment
East Lansing, Michigan
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- Real Estate Development and Design/Build
- New Construction/Adaptive Re-Use
- 200,000 s.f. plus 730-Car Parking Deck
- MAYOTTEgroup Architects (Then Mayotte/Jacob Associates)
- October, 2002
The City Center Redevelopment is a multifaceted project master-planned as the focal point of the City of East Lansing, home to Michigan State University and neighbor to the capitol city of Lansing. Since 1995, the city and its Downtown Development Authority have teamed with several national consulting firms in pursuit of their joint vision of a pedestrian-friendly downtown which promotes social, cultural and business activities. Developed in response to the identified needs, the aptly-named City Center, with its 200,000 s.f. of mixed, prime retail, residential and professional space, and 730-car parking structure, is strategically located at the core of the central business district.
A significant element of the project was the four-story, 120,000 s.f. Jacobson’s building - originally built in 1963 - which was acquired by The Christman Company when the department store chain decided to close its East Lansing store and relocate the operation to the nearby Meridian Mall.
As a result, the building was converted to multi-tenant use, with a Barnes & Noble book store as its new anchor tenant and remaining space divided among other retailers and offices. Combined with the Jacobson’s building, the total project developed by Christman has dramatically altered the cityscape with features including: the demolition of the parking structure adjacent to the Jacobson’s building; construction of a new, 730-car parking structure with retail space on the ground level (adding a net increase of 350 parking spaces); 35,000 s.f. of new retail space; 55,000 s.f. of retail space in the Jacobson’s building; three levels of residential space featuring 39 upscale condominiums above the new retail space; and 55,000 s.f. of Class A professional office space in the Jacobson’s building.