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BWL to Hold Community Design Charette for Central Substation

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11/29/2016 9:20:00 AM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light will hold a design charette next week to hear 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.

This is an opportunity for the community to express themselves and provide ideas for the exterior finishes and appearance of the future substation. The meeting will specifically address the exterior wall heights and the options for materials that will be used to build it.

“We’re looking to garner community input to help us finalize the design of the Central Substation,” said General Manager Dick Peffley. “We want the public to help us decide the story that’s told on its walls. It’s their story to tell, and we want them to be a part of the decision-making process.”

The design charette will be held at the REO Depot, 1201 S. Washington Ave. in Lansing on Wednesday, December 7 at 6pm. Bob Ford with Landscape Architecture & Planners, and Ken Jones with Studio Intrigue, will moderate the meeting.

This is the first design charette to be held to discuss designs since the project was approved by the Lansing City Council on September 26. The next design charette will be held the week of January 9, with a third meeting scheduled the week of January 23 if necessary. 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.