Gillespie’s ‘Midtown’ plan

By City Pulse Staff
Rendering of Pat Gillespie\'s \"Midtown\" project near the Lansing/East Lansing border on East Michigan Avenue.

Developer Pat Gillespie to break ground Thursday on latest mixed-use project, ‘Midtown’

Wednesday, Oct. 30 — Developer Pat Gillespie is scheduled to break ground Thursday on his “Midtown” project on Lansing’s eastern border. The mixed-use residential/commercial building is at the former site of the Silver Dollar Saloon, which was demolished over four years ago.

The planned 66 “eclectic, high-end urban flats” at 3411 E. Michigan Ave. is near the Lansing/East Lansing border. The development also includes plans for a 1,800-square-foot PNC Bank branch. It’s expected to be completed in August, shortly before the completion date of the first phase of Gillespie’s Marketplace project downtown.

“These are exciting times for our city,” Gillespie said in a statement. “Our company continues to concentrate on developments that will be impactful along the Michigan Avenue corridor and Midtown is a prime example of our commitment to the key corridor.”

A Chinese character pronounced “jia,” translated as “home,” is part of the building’s logo. “The logo is intended to start a conversation with the community about the value of engaging Chinese, and all international students at Michigan State University, in order to expand on a shared idea for global Michigan,” the press release says.

“I’m thrilled to see the Gillespie Group’s exciting new real estate development in the heart of the Michigan Avenue corridor that connects our State Capitol to our world-class university,” Mayor Virg Bernero said in a statement.

Records show the Ingham County Land Bank sold the one-acre property for $400,000 in 2010.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the building site.