Lansing developer purchases Clara's

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 11:13:52-04

Adding to its vibrant downtown Stadium District, the Gillespie Group today announced the purchase of the former Clara’s Lansing Station.

Clara’s, which served its last guests June 26, dates back to 1903 when the train depot serviced the Michigan Central and Pere Marquette railroads. Rail service ended in 1972, and Clara’s officially opened in 1979 under owner Peter Jubeck. A 1910 Pullman dining car was added to the property in 1999.

“We are committed to Lansing,” said Pat Gillespie, president of Gillespie Group. “The goal is to continue the dynamic transformation of the Stadium District and downtown Lansing. Clara’s offers historic charm with opportunities to appeal to modern tastes.”

The building is filled with historic photographs and artifacts. Gillespie said he is cataloging all the items in order to incorporate them into future renovations.

“We definitely want to celebrate the building’s history along with an infusion of dynamic and creative elements,” said Gillespie.

While it’s too early to announce the specifics for the building’s future purpose, Gillespie is seeking input from the community on what they want to see in downtown. Send ideas to