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Tuesday, May 5,2009

Ball Park North

by Neal McNamara
Ball Park North

Status: Might start by late 2009, early 2010 Pat Gillespie’s $25 million Ball Park North would put four buildings ranging in height from two to six floors north of Oldsmobile Park, two of which would overlook the ballpark.

Gillespie is optimistic about this project, saying that one company doesn’t want to have to wait until mid-2010 to move in and that other tenants that have expressed interest. He’s projecting a “want to start sooner than later” start date of late 2009 or early 2010. However, Gillespie still has to prepare the site for the project. He already owns the land, which is bordered by Cedar, Shiawassee and Larch streets to the north of the ballpark. He has to do environmental clean-up on the site, and would still have to buy one more parcel, a city of Lansingowned garage along Cedar Street. Judging from last year’s controversial sale of the Lansing City Market to Gillespie, buying city land has been a challenge for him. “We could start before the users come through,” Gillespie said. “We could start commercial buildings before residential there.”

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