Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Dining options to grow in city

March 31, 2005

A new development near the Lansing Holiday Inn Express will greatly expand options for eating out in Lansing about this time next year.

Fishman & Co., an Olathe-based developer, and the city of Lansing have signed an agreement that will bring a several restaurants to the 400 block of North Main Street, the Carriage Hills Plaza. The announcement was made at Thursday's meeting of the Lansing City Council.

Fishman already has secured commitments from Popeye's Chicken, Pizza Shoppe and Homemade Ice Cream to locate in the five-building, 38,000-square-foot development, said developer Scott Fishman.

In addition, the company is nearing completion of talks for a Chinese restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and a sandwich shop - either Subway or Quizno's - to locate in the center, Fishman said.

Discussions also are under way with a drycleaner and a high-end gift retailer to locate in the development, Fishman said.

Fishman said trips through the city to Leavenworth, where his father has owned a small retail center, had convinced him of the possibilities abounding in Lansing.

"I recognized, number 1, that the Lansing/Leavenworth area was a good growth area, but that retail services were limited," Fishman said. "It seemed to me like there was a need not being filled."

Under the agreement with Fishman & Co., the city will provide an incentive package that includes tax abatements and up to $570,000 in assistance with site preparation work. The agreement calls for local contractors to be used, when available, for the work.

The timeline calls for Fishman to take possession of the property by May, present its plans to the Lansing Planning Commission in August and break ground in September. Restaurant and store openings should come in March 2006, said Mike Smith, city administrator.

"They've done a lot of work in Johnson County, Wyandotte County, really all over the Midwest," Smith said of Fishman & Co.

Mayor Kenneth Bernard said Carriage Hills Plaza, paired with news that the city had identified a new developer for the Towne Center project, would "definitely enhance, overall, the community's strength."

The city has been working with Fishman & Co. for about eight months on the Carriage Hills Plaza.

"The city was great to work with," Fishman said. "I've got nothing but good to say about Mike Smith, the mayor, (Community Development director) John Jacobson, everyone we've worked with."

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