LANSING, Mich. — As Lansing residents prepare for a long and dark winter, Downtown Lansing Inc. is raising money to brighten up Lansing’s nightlife.
Cathleen Edgerly, the executive director of Downtown Lansing Inc., says the crowdfunded LED lights will help community members and business owners.
“We are in the start of the winter months and people are already feeling like life is darker, they’re feeling more isolated … we wanted to add a bright spot if you will,” Edgerly said.
The decorative lighting fixtures are expected to line Washington Square and parts of Michigan Avenue leading up to the Capitol. They will feature seasonal designs and shapes throughout the year.
“I think it will be a great addition to downtown," said Lansing resident Taylor Darling, "whether you’re going from business to business or you’re like me and just want to walk your dog in the ambiance."
Downtown business owners hope the new lighting will attract more customers.
“It’s like a ghost town," said Ali Akasti, who owns Sahara Delight on Washington Square. "There’s nobody here … hopefully they will help some people come to downtown Lansing that way we’ll keep business on a roll here."
Downtown Lansing Inc. and its partners must meet their $30,000 fundraising goal by the end of this week to be eligible for matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“The campaign does end this Friday to receive those matching funds from MEDC and municipal league we’d love to see them by the end of January or mid-February,” Edgerly explained.
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