City of Lansing Corridor Façade Program Expanded

Mayor Schor Unveils Recent Façade Improvement and Showcases Commercial Corridor Improvement Outside of the Downtown Area

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), and Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) officially unveiled recent façade improvements to 1141 South Washington Avenue in Lansing this afternoon. In addition, Mayor Schor announced the continuation of the Corridor Façade Program, officially launching the FY 2018/2019 program.

“The Corridor Façade Program grants are a prime example of my administration’s commitment to rebuilding and reinvigorating corridors and neighborhoods in the city,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. “As we can see with the improvements to 1141 Washington Ave, this program will help push projects to the finish line in key areas of the city where community revitalization is needed, and business and property owners are poised to take action.”

The façade improvements unveiled today on Washington Ave are part of a larger renovation project by developer L&P Properties, which will bring additional housing, entertainment, and retail options to Washington Avenue in Lansing. The entire project will invest nearly $700,000 into the building, adding two apartment units and renovated commercial space with new jobs.

The Washington Avenue project was selected to receive a $15,000 matching grant through the FY2017/2018 City of Lansing Targeted Pilot Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program to support facade improvements totaling at least $40,000. Improvements included restoring original transom windows, performing restorative masonry work, and the creation of building entrances/storefronts that both reflect historic design and are conducive to new mixed-use tenants. The project was selected in part because of the developer’s willingness to go above and beyond the original design proposal to meet the high expectations of the Façade Grant Program and Design Committee.

“L&P Properties is excited to be a small part of the transformation of Washington Avenue and grateful for the assistance of the City of Lansing, LEAP, LEDC, and MEDC,” said Leo Trumble, Partner in L&P Properties, Principal of Trumble Group. “We had initially decided to scale back on exterior improvements, but the design committee helped us recognize the importance and impact of restoring the original storefront. The matching funds from the grant greatly influenced our ability to pursue the additional façade improvements.”

This year’s program was increased by Mayor Schor and the Lansing City Council to $150,000 for façade projects on commercial, mixed-use, and office spaces along commercial corridors outside of the downtown area. FY 2018/2019 Corridor Façade Program applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis July 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019.

“Under our contract with the City, LEAP is proud to be assisting with the growth and implementation of this program,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “This is the type of program that will produce tangible, visible results on key Lansing corridors. The more businesses and property owners we can reach with this opportunity the better!”

To start the application process, interested businesses and property owners can visit the LEAP website to fill out a brief pre-application form.