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Middle Village Announces Participants in Fifth Cohort, Grand Opening to be Held on May 2 in New Historic Space

Atrium Building to house a fresh new downtown shopping experience  

LANSING, Mich. (April 18, 2024) - Middle Village, a small business retail accelerator program presented by Downtown Lansing Inc. (DLI) and powered by Lake Trust, announces five new businesses participating in its fourth cohort. Middle Village’s 2024 grand opening will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at its new space located at 215 S. Washington Square in the historic Atrium Building in Downtown Lansing.  

New grant program aims to preserve the identity of downtown Lansing

Preserving the identity of our downtown Lansing is so important,” Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly said.

Downtown Lansing Inc. is helping breathe life into their neighborhood again with its new tenant improvement grant program.

“An improvement program that could help with filling the gaps for some of the cost that is needed to really revitalize, enhance, some of these historic buildings and make them available for modern day uses,” Edgerly said.

DLI has a million dollars from the state to fund the tenant improvement grant program.

A new vision: Downtown Lansing Inc. rebrands itself for the future

“Knowing that there’s new growth ahead and new coming it’s exciting,” said Autumn Weston

Autumn Weston owns and operates Weston’s Kewpee Burger in downtown Lansing.

“I love downtown. It’s home to us,” Weston said.

Going on 101 years, the restaurant has been around to see many changes to the downtown area.

“Businesses are coming and going, foot traffic, construction, new shops,” Weston said.

But downtown Lansing is on the rise with all the projects happening.

Downtown Lansing’s “New Vision” costs $230 million

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – 3 new projects are coming to Downtown Lansing aiming to create a buzz and draw more people downtown.

The project is said to cost nearly $230 million and of that money $40 million is coming from a state grant. Paul Gentilozzi and his son, John Gentilozzi are planning to build a high rise along with 2 other structures less than a mile from the Capitol.

“As I walk down the middle of the street, in the summer, at noon, there was no one. It was post-COVID and it was very discouraging,” said Paul Gentilozzi.

Food incubator coming to downtown Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – An innovation in culinary investments is planning to open to the public in the summer of 2024 – featuring 16 concepts with a variety of food and drink offerings.

It’s the Macotta Club and it will inhabit the iconic Knapp’s Department Store Building – now known as Knapp’s Centre – at South Washington Sq. and Washtenaw St.

“We’re looking forward to just rebuilding downtown into a diverse, exciting place that everyone can see themselves in,” says Julie Reinhardt, community development director for Downtown Lansing, Inc.