Redesigned Lansing Shuffleboard Club to open in summer 2022
The Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club promises not to be “your grandfather’s shuffleboard”.
The developers hope the club, slated to open in the summer of 2022, will help build Lansing’s reputation as a food and entertainment destination.
The project at the Lansing City Market Facility on the Grand River is led by Detroit Rising, a development company based in Livonia.
When it opens next year, the space will house eight restaurants, two bars, shuffleboard courts and plenty of space to socialize.
“We don’t want to sit down for a long meal,” said Jonathan Hartzell, director of development for Detroit Rising. “We want to get up and explore and taste a bunch of bites.”
The intention is to provide more entertainment and experiential dining options for the residents of downtown Lansing, especially young professionals.
“They travel everywhere except Lansing,” Hartzell said. “The general statement is that there is nothing to do in general. Maybe you have a place, but then what do you do?”
While the current shuffleboard draw may be a niche, Hartzell said it’s an experience most people can enjoy.
“Done correctly and organized correctly, this is something that you will easily complete a little while and have a great experience,” he said. “I can sit there with a drink or some food, and I can push a puck and talk to my friends and have a good time.”
Hartzell first thought about developing a shuffleboard club while staying in Florida for a convention in 2016.
“We had all these plans that day, but somehow we ended up sitting on a shuffleboard with a blender and booze and just pushing pucks for four. hours and we had a great time, ”he said. “Loved it. Since then I’ve been trying to find a way to do it in the Michigan area.”
Other activities like pickleball or track clubs require people to dress for the occasion and are likely to involve a bit of sweat, Hartzell said. Shuffleboard is more relaxed, but it’s still fun.
“I’m looking to be entertained,” he said. “It’s accessible.”
Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club is currently accepting applications restaurants interested in renting space there.
“We are trying to attract tenants and leaders from all over the state to make this really great melting pot in Lansing,” said Kirstie Ducourouble, project manager.
The intention is to create a place in the state capital where people can try dishes from all over Michigan.
“The idea is this: let’s showcase the region’s food in our state capital, not just in a small window, but across the state,” Hartzell said. “We’re trying to shoot from all sides, our west, our north, our east.”
The redevelopment project was approved by city council last year, but since then it has suffered delays due to the pandemic, price increases and supply chain issues.
The original design would have been too expensive and would have taken too long, so the team redesigned the space. Gone is the mezzanine on the second floor which housed the courts in the first renderings. Instead, the courts will move to an indoor-outdoor patio with additional space to congregate.
“Everything inside is going to be food and dining with bars and seating, and then you walk outside on the patio, and the patio is really trying to program that riverside and be connected to that,” he said. Hartzell said. “On the north side, where there is greenery, it will be this outdoor shuffle that should overlook the river and the sandy beach and be connected to this kind of experience.”
Hartzell said they were ready to submit building permits and the project would start to gain momentum in the coming weeks.
“These starts, stops and delays over the last 11 months… it’s been difficult to build momentum,” said Ducourouble. “But we’re here now. We’re getting close to a grand opening and some really exciting announcements.”
The developers hope that the momentum of the project will spread to the rest of the city. The goal is to help turn Lansing into a destination, not just a place for government employees and 9 to 5 jobs.
“Lansing has a lot to offer,” said Ducourouble. “I think it’s often overlooked – or maybe overshadowed is the right word – by Detroit and some of Michigan’s other cities… It’s a place you would want to work, play and live. be part of this changing narrative. “
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