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BWL to Hold Final Charette Presentation for Central Substation

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1/30/2017 2:55:00 PM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light will hold its third and final charette presentation Wednesday to present on the community’s input for the exterior appearance of the Central Substation, to be constructed at the southwest corner of W. Malcolm X St. and S. Washington Ave.

The final charette presentation will be held at the REO Depot, 1201 S. Washington Ave. in Lansing on Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm. Bob Ford with Landscape Architecture & Planners, and Ken Jones with Studio Intrigue, will moderate the meeting.

This meeting will serve as an opportunity for the BWL design committee to present renderings of concepts for the exterior walls and art along the Central Substation to the community. In previous design charettes, community members contributed ideas regarding building materials, wall height and artwork.

“I appreciate the community’s cooperation in helping us tell the story for the gateway to REO Town,” said General Manager Dick Peffley. “Their ideas and suggestions will help determine how we build the exterior of the substation, and what it looks like.”

This is the third and final charette to be held to discuss designs since the project was approved by the Lansing City Council in September 2016. To view the previous design charette notes, go to www.lansingenergytomorrow.com/central-substation. The outcome of these community meetings will help the designers determine how best to reflect the community’s input.

The BWL and REO Town Commercial Association (RTCA) have agreed to an RFP process that will review proposals for public art to be placed along the Washington Ave. substation wall. The BWL will support the public art process by funding winning proposals up to $20,000 every three years. The RFP public arts review team will include representatives of the BWL, City of Lansing, RTCA and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.