Renovated Marshall Street Armory Celebrates Grand Opening
The Gillespie Group and eight non-profit organizations now reside in the transformed space of the former Armory in Lansing. Video by fox47news.comvideo
Five million dollars later, and the former Armory in Lansing makes a new transformation.
The Gillespie Group, along with headquaters for eight non-profits, now reside in the newly-renovated building on Marshall Street.
The non-profit center allows the organizations to share resources, like equipment and technology, helping them operate at a lower cost, and freeing up funds.
"The building served the community for so many years as a military installation, so putting a whole bunch of non-profits in here -- this building is full of a hundred people a day doing good things for the community. So it's basically an extension of what is already going on," said Gillespie Group president Pat Gillespie.
Consumers Energy donated a $125,000 grant to the Armory to support the new non-profit center.
When it came to the design scheme in The Armory gym, Gillespie tells FOX 47 the inspiration came from a local men's clothier.
"We couldn't decide on a design concept, so I told the designer to meet me [at the Armory] in an hour. I went to Kositchek's and picked out 10 ties, and those colors ended up being what we went with for the color scheme," says Gillespie.
Pops of color, repurposed materials like barn doors and sheet metal, all add to the warm, vibrant quality of the renovated space.
Check out our photos of The Armory Grand Opening: