EAST LANSING, Mich. — Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) and PK Development, in partnership with the City of East Lansing, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Center, 300 Bailey St., on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
There will be a reception, featuring light refreshments and live music, at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. Local media and community members are invited to attend. Overflow parking will be available at the Bailey Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St. Parking validation will be provided.
East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows, who also serves on the CAHP Board of Directors, will be the master of ceremonies. Speakers will include State Rep. Sam Singh, Bailey Community Association Vice Chair Ed Wagner, PK Development Owner Pete Potterpin, Michigan State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer, CAHP Chairman of the Board Tom Lapka and CAHP Executive Director Mikki Droste. There will also be performance art during the program.
East Lansing-based CAHP and Okemos-based PK Development are co-development partners for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Center redevelopment project. Over the next 13 months of construction, the historic 1922 elementary school will be adapted to include 30 apartment units (25 affordable units for income-qualified households and five market rate units) for area seniors (55+), 9,000 square feet of low-traffic commercial/daycare space and office space for CAHP. The existing gym will be renovated and will be used as a community space, which will be open to the public and will include performance art programming in fulfillment of the City of East Lansing’s Percent for Art Ordinance.
In addition to renovating the front part of the existing building, the back addition will be torn down and a three-story new addition will be built. The project is estimated to cost more than $6 million and is designed to follow local Historic District guidelines. The project will also include energy efficiency and green design features. Learn more about the co-development partners at www.capitalareahousing.org and www.pkhousing.com.