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New proposal to redevelop school of blind site

Posted: 4:58 PM, Jan 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-20 15:39:48Z

There is a new plan to redevelop the site of the former Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing.

Today Mayor Virg Bernero announced that TWG Development of Indianapolis is proposing to build 60 apartments of senior housing and 72 family sized apartments on the historic campus.

TWG would work with the Ingham County Land bank and investment firm Cinnaire. The total cost of the development project would be $24.4 million.

The Abigail building and the old high school building would be preserved as adaptive reuse projects. The plan calls for the existing auditorium be demolished and new multi-family units be constructed on the campus perimeter along Willow Street.

"It has been a challenge finding the right development partners to make it happen, but we now have the right team with the right project at the right time," said Mayor Virg Bernero at a press conference Tuesday morning. "If approved, the project will help stabilize and strengthen the surrounding neighborhood by bringing new life to the MSB campus and help meet the need for affordable housing for seniors and families in Lansing."

A previous plan to renovate the Abigail building was stalled by the failure to secure tax credits. The new project also requires awarding tax credits.

The project proposal will be considered by the Lansing Planning Board, and will then be referred to the Lansing City Council for consideration of rezoning and Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreements.