Child and Family Charities plans move to McLaren’s Greenlawn Campus

Schor: Nonprofit relocation to south Lansing a ‘win-win’ for all parties

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MONDAY, Oct. 4 — Child and Family Charities plans to consolidate services next year and move into the western half of McLaren Greater Lansing’s Greenlawn campus in south Lansing.

The proposed deal — which was shared last month with the Ingham County Commission’s Health and Human Services Committee — would see the nonprofit organization take over two professional buildings and the McCree House after McLaren vacates the campus next spring. McLaren’s new $600 million campus on Collins Road is slated to open in March and will consolidate health care operations from McLaren’s Greenlawn and Pennsylvania avenue sites.

The proposal calls for about about $7 million to purchase and renovate the site. Last week, commissioners were informed the organization had secured $1 million from the state in a recent budget appropriation. Commissioners are considering a request to provide up to $3 million for the Child and Family Charities project — the same amount that is also being sought from the state.

The deal is still in flux, said Julie Thomasma, executive director of Child and Family Charities. Both parties were still “working through the final details" last week, she told City Pulse on Friday. Thomasma said she will update the community on the plans once they’re closer to being final.

The move comes after a prior plan to move operations to the former St. Casimir Church hit a roadblock in the form of a demanding demanding a deed restriction imposed by the Catholic Diocese of Lansing that would have prevented the nonprofit from assisting transgender people.

Thomasma declined to comment on whether that former church site is still a possibility.

The sprawling Greenlawn campus includes parking lots and several buildings. When McLaren announced it would vacate the property, neighbors expressed concerns about the impact to the neighborhood. Finding a reuse for the property has been a priority for the city since.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said the deal was a “win-win” for the city, the hospital system and Child and Family Charities. He also said the city is working with the organization to “make sure it has the resources” to scale up the project and consolidate their services at the location. 

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