How would you like to be able to watch 70 live baseball games a year from the comfort of your own home?
Starting this spring, people will be living in a three-story apartment building just beyond the outfield fence at the home stadium of the Lansing Lugnuts, the Class A affiliate of the Blue Jays.
The Lansing State Journal has the full story of how the wacky concept came to be.
Under its contract with the Lugnuts, the city is obligated to maintain the stadium. In 2012, it was time for improvements to be made, [Lansing Economic Area Partnership president and CEO Bob] Trezise said.
“There were major budget concerns over how the city was going to afford that,” he said.
So Trezise came up with the idea to have a developer build a private building in the public stadium to offset the city’s costs. The developer’s property taxes would pay for some of the city’s improvements.
The apartments are built on top of a one-story concourse that houses the stadium’s bar and other amenities. Of the 28 units, 14 look over the playing field, close enough to the action that construction workers found eight balls in the building before they installed the windows. Don’t worry, though, the windows are shatterproof.
- Dan Gartland