Apartments proposed for Lansing downtown ballpark

This rendering released by the Lansing Lugnuts shows proposed apartments beyond the outfield of Cooley law School Stadium in Lansing, Mich.
This rendering released by the Lansing Lugnuts shows proposed apartments beyond the outfield of Cooley law School Stadium in Lansing, Mich.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing Lugnuts fans could take a bathroom break between innings and not miss a pitch.

Developers are proposing as many as 100 apartments just beyond the outfield wall at Cooley Law School Stadium, the home of the minor league team. Lansing plays in the Midwest League, the same league where the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers play.

The apartments are part of a $22 million makeover at the ballpark, which opened in 1996 just blocks from the Capitol, the Lansing State Journal reported.

The city owns the stadium and would have to approve the project and issue $11 million in bonds.

The stadium is “one of the gems of our downtown. It has been since it was built,” Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said. “It needs constant upkeep and we don’t want to fall behind.”

The stadium would get remodeled restrooms, food stands, covered picnic areas, suites and a new scoreboard, said Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser.

The city now pays about $800,000 a year on bond debt for the stadium, the State Journal reported. Lansing also pays an annual subsidy from its general budget. Bernero said alternative sources of cash must be found.

The Lugnuts are a Class A team affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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