Allen Neighborhood Center announces $10 million redevelopment

LANSING — Twenty years after its founding, the Allen Neighborhood Center is planning a major rebuild.

A $10 million project — called Allen Place — will include 29 units of mixed-income housing, as well as commercial space at the center’s current site at 1611 E. Kalamazoo St. in Lansing.

“We wanted to create a comprehensive community services center that would offer not just the array of health, food and other programming we already offer but would also offer housing,” Director Joan Nelson said.

The 36,000-square-foot redevelopment project will include 15,000 square feet of commercial space as well as 20,000 square feet of residential.

The Allen Neighborhood Center was founded in 1999. Among other things, the nonprofit organization hosts a year-round farmers market and manages the Hunter Park GardenHouse. The center also offers entrepreneurs kitchen space through its accelerator and incubator kitchen programs.

Nelson said she envisions the development having a ripple effect in the rest of the Kalamazoo Street corridor.

First published by the Lansing State Journal on August 6, 2019.