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BWL to Hold Second Community Design Charette for Central Substation

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1/11/2017 11:45:00 AM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light will hold its second design charette next week to continue hearing community input on the exterior appearance of the Central Substation to be constructed at the southwest corner of W. Malcolm X St. and S. Washington Ave.

The design charette will be held at the REO Depot, 1201 S. Washington Ave. in Lansing on Wednesday, January 18 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 community to review what was previously discussed, refine design ideas and discuss options for art. In the December 2016 meeting, discussion focused on exterior wall heights and the materials used to build it.

“The community has given us great feedback of what they want to see on the walls of the Central Substation,” said General Manager Dick Peffley. “This will be the gateway into REO Town, and we want their help to finish telling the story.”

This is the second design charette to be held to discuss designs since the project was approved by the Lansing City Council in September 2016. The third and final design charette will be held Wednesday, February 1. 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.