land & building development/rehabilitation

New Lansing City Market

Submitted by Jeff Deehan, Lansing Resident

My idea is…

“The Lansing City Market isn’t working and Downtown Lansing has limited access to healthy food options. Farmers, vendors and the public are not happy and I think it’s embarrassing for our city. We deserve an exciting, thriving urban market like the ones in Grand Rapids and Flint somewhere in the core of Lansing. Lighting, seating and vendor marketing are first-rate. Commercial kitchens teach healthy cooking and incubate food
entrepreneurs. Farmers love the seasonal outdoor market to minimize expenses. The Flint market was costly to construct and requires subsidy from donors to operate. Instead of heavy subsidy, you could partner with a good local developer to help offset the loss with office and residential units attached.”

My idea contributes to a vibrant community by…

“The new urban markets in Grand Rapids and Flint draw hundreds of visitors on weekdays and thousands on weekends. They’re an attraction, a destination, and a true community asset! There’s something for everyone. In a better location, and with proper planning/operational support, our new city market would also provide walkable access to groceries which is something currently lacking Downtown Lansing. Potential locations would be the western Michigan Ave. Corridor or even the REO town area.”

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1 thought on “New Lansing City Market”

  1. I like the idea of a central market in REO town area. Accessibility for both customers and vendors is a must. Predictable times open.


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