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Lansing’s Tallest Building in the Works

Plans are being formulated to construct what would be the city’s tallest building if approved.

An imposing new figure could become the latest guest in the Lansing skyline over the next few years.

Plans are being formulated to construct what would be the city’s tallest building if approved. The proposed building is appropriately titled Live Work Play. The concept includes 70 residential units; six to eight retail spaces; office space; three restaurants; and a small, boutique hotel. If the plans move forward and receive the green light, Live Work Play would rise to more than 30 stories, surpassing the Boji Tower’s 23 stories as the tallest building downtown.

According to project head Charles D. Carey, senior partner and founder of Lansing-based investment firm CIG Capital, the project is part of a larger international collaboration.

“The Live Work Play model is …  convenience of lifestyle where you’re able to do everything right there in the facility you’re in,” explained Carey. “That’s the beauty for us.”

The public would be welcomed within the building; however, the building would prioritize CIG Capital’s employees and other residents of the building.

Other proposed amenities include a vertical garden, spa services, a day care and a small indoor park. Portions of the outside will be made of sustainable energy glass, creating a renewable energy source.

Architectural plans will be finished in 2021. With logistical hurdles and the still unseen impact of COVID-19 on Michigan, Carey expects Lansing’s tallest building to be open by 2024. Though the timeline may be faster depending on approval from the city.

“I chose Lansing because I want to see it grow. … It’s a great place for families,” said Carey. “(The Live Work Play building) is going to bring an impact to our community.”

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