Homeless Hotel Revival?

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.


  1. William Hubbell

    then there is the EDS property (MLK at Homes ) I here someone is thinking of putting a Storage facility there , less than a block from an existing one.

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