When Brent Forsberg walked into the old building on the corner of Hosmer and Hazel Street, just south of interstate 496 in Lansing, he said “We’ve got to do something different.” That something different could be something Lansing hasn’t quite seen before. Shipping container-inspired apartments.
Forsberg led Governor Rick Snyder on a tour of the building, which is located near the Lansing Board of Water and Lights five-building Penn-Hazel Complex. The tour was in conjunction with a press conference where Gov. Snyder announced a proposal to raise garbage dumping fees to pay for cleaning up for thousands of toxic waste sites across the state.
The redevelopment site does have vapor intrusion contamination and asbestos that will need to be cleaned up as part of the project, according to Forsberg, one of three principals for Urban Systems.
The project, called “The Wing”, will include up to 160 mostly studio and one-bedroom apartments. The project will be redeveloped in two phases and will include a year-round courtyard and 500 to 5,000 square foot office and collaborative workspace suites.
“When this was built it was the edge of town, but now after the economic expansion post World War II, it’s in the heart of our region and the heart of what our city is.” Forsberg said.
The warehouse building currently houses a photography and laser cut metal art business; and a boxing gym. Forsberg states that those businesses will be re-incorporated into the final project.
Gov. Snyder is excited about the plans for the building. “I’m just fired up. If you listen to Brent, how could you not be excited about what’s going on here,” he said.
Urban Systems is hoping to have residents move into the building in the Spring of 2019.