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Group to protest closing of Lansing City Market prior to council meeting

Posted at 10:58 PM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 10:21:40-04

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - A group is planning to hold a protest outside Lansing City Hall prior to the city council meeting Monday night.

The group, organized by the Waterfront Bar and Grill, is upset over the city’s plans to close the Lansing City Market and Waterfront Bar and Grill.

The protest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. outside Lansing City Hall. The group will then attend the city council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.

Patrice Drainville, vice president of operations of Waterfront Bar and Grill, tells News 10 there are other options.

"The city market does have an option to be saved, there are a lot of different ideas we have to turn the market around,” said Drainville. “It’s been poorly managed and there’s just no reason we should see it go away.”

“If they lowered the rent for some of the vendors, they might be able to stay longer,” said Drainville. “It just doesn’t seem as though they have been trying to rent the space out and intentionally letting it fail."

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is asking city council to put a proposal to sell the city market on the November ballot.

Schor says he wants to look at selling the land along the Grand River to a private developer. The city has reduced subsidies for the market and says the building will close by the end of summer.

A public vote is required before the city can sell the property.