At tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting, not only will the legislative body consider the development agreement for the Red Cedar Project, as well as a resolution of “no confidence” on the Lansing Housing Commission; it will also consider a request to rezone the former Magnuson Hotel. That property, nestled off 96 at the confluence of Cedar and Pennsylvania, was caught in a land contract dispute and the eviction of nearly 100 people who were living in the building as part of the Homeless Angels program.
The property is being proposed for a redevelopment into a U-Haul storage location by Arizona based Americo. The plan calls for not only rental of U-Hauls and the retail sales of related moving items, but also turning the former hotel into a self-storage facility. It will be curious to see what council does with this, considering there is a U-Haul rental facility down the road on Cedar, and the former EDS Building on Holmes Rd. is slated to be turned into a self storage facility as well.
In coming days, I will be asking city and economic development officials “Just how many self-storage locations does Lansing need?” and “How many self-storage locations can the city honestly sustain economically?” The surge in such locations is curious and will be interesting to get a better grasp on. So watch Lansing’s Online News for those updates.
You can check out the full Council Agenda and Packet here.