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City Market not going on the market anytime soon

Posted at 8:31 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 10:35:48-04

There's less anxiety Tuesday morning about the future of Lansing's City Market after Monday night's city council meeting.

At the meeting, Mayor Andy Schor calmed fears the market would go "on the market."

During the meeting no one stepped up to the podium to support the idea of selling the Lansing City Market, in fact, Mayor Andy Schor made a surprise announcement that may change the proposal to sell the market altogether.

Schor said, "We are planning and I don't have a date yet, but we are planning some kind of public comment, visioning session for the future of the city market."

Dozens of people had made their way down to the city council meeting to speak out against the potential sale of the market but before the public had a chance to come up to the podium, Mayor Schor made this announcement.

"We are putting all options on the table and we are inviting proposals and anybody that wants to discuss the future of the market."

Patrice Drainsville is the Vice President of the company that owns the Waterfront Bar and Grille, a prime vendor at the Lansing City Market.

She told FOX 47 that the bar has 12 years left in their contract with the city and she's very pleased with the mayor's decision to hear from the people.

"It sounds to me like they're gonna push back moving so fast on trying to sell the market. Makes me feel good because I think that the people of Lansing need to have a voice in this. And since it's city park land, it's the right thing to do."

And Mayor Schor did announce that the proposed meeting will take place at the Lansing City Market but he did not announce a specific date.
He did say the meeting will happen in the next few weeks.

The mayor says once the proposal meeting is organized that he will send the plans to the council and the public.

FOX 47 will update you when that information is available.