Monday, August 01, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Lansing Welcomes Self Storage Center, 30 New Jobs
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that the former Wolhert manufacturing plant in Lansing will be renovated to accommodate a U.S. Storage Depot facility and additional commercial office space. The $6.9 million redevelopment, which is expected to create up to 30 new jobs, is a result of state and local brownfield tax incentives approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
"This facility will be transformed from a vacant eyesore to a catalyst for job creation," Granholm said. "Finding new uses for industrial properties like this is essential to the continued economic growth of the entire state."
It is one of six economic development projects the Governor announced today. In all, they are expected to create a total of 2,939 Michigan jobs.
The property was used for industrial and/or residential purposes more than 100 years ago. Residential dwellings previously located on the property were razed and redeveloped for industrial purposes from the early 1900's through the late 1990's. The site was used by a number of operations, which included at various times a coal yard and gasoline filling station.
"The city of Lansing was very pleased to offer a business incentive to induce the redevelopment of this site in North Lansing, creative re-use of our vacant industrial sites is a priority for our city," Lansing Mayor Tony Benavides said.
U.S. Depot specializes in providing its customers with climate-controlled storage units. The company has established seven Michigan locations since it was founded in 1982.
In her 2005 State of the State address, Granholm emphasized the importance of making Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Since January 2005 the Governor and the MEDC have announced the creation or retention of more than 57,000 jobs as a result of targeted assistance provided by the MEDC.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.