Tang and biscuits might sound like a menu item the astronauts could select on NASA’s Mercury and Gemini flights, but they’re actually items you’ll be able to order up at the incoming Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club.
Biscuits are the discs you slide up the court when you play shuffleboard, and tangs are the sticks used to propel the biscuits toward the scoring triangle — and both will be in strong supply when the club, aka Lansing Shuffle, opens in the former Lansing City Market site in spring 2022.
Shaped in part by the vision of real estate development and construction firm Detroit Rising, additional plans for the space include restaurants, bars, standup comedy and an art gallery with works by local artists. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights will feature shuffleboard leagues. The project marks Detroit Rising’s first foray outside Detroit, and it is similar to another of its successes, the Detroit Shipping Co.
Jonathan Hartzell, general partner at Detroit Rising, said shuffleboard was a natural choice because it’s fun and can be played by people of all ages.
“We’re happy about expanding into the capital region,” he said. “The people we’re collaborating with in Lansing are terrific to work with.”
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor sees the project as a benefit for the city.
“I have continuously said that my priorities for repurposing the former City Market building include activating the space, ensuring that it is a lasting activation and not needing a yearly subsidy from the city,” Schor said. “This project meets all of those conditions and will be a great reuse of the space.”
Construction is expected to begin in August.