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State budget allows the City of Lansing to build a performance venue

Fans at the Leningrad Rock Club's 40th anniversary concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 2021. Celebrations were delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans at the Leningrad Rock Club's 40th anniversary concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 2021. Celebrations were delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Two million dollars has been included in the state budget to help the city of Lansing build a long-desired performance venue.

Four different mayoral administrations have been working for more than 20 years on funding for a facility big enough to house concert tours and other events. With news that the state will provide $2-million dollars, Lansing can finally leverage that money with public, educational and government access fees to get serious about building a $10-million-dollar venue.

Lansing Public Media Center Director Dominic Cochran says state law prohibits using the money for other purposes like street repairs.

“We plan on building a facility that will be open and accessible and attractive to everyone in our community. To me, it’s truly once in a lifetime, so I think if we can all get behind it as a community, I think we’ll build something really special.”

Along with a space that would hold up to 1,500 people, the building would house a theatre space for 200 to 300.

Cochran says two sites are under consideration.

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