Center City District (Albert Avenue)


This estimated $132 million development project includes two buildings that are located back-to-back – one faces Grand River Avenue and the other faces Albert Avenue. Together they offer a combined 365 residential rental units, multi-story parking and street-level retail space.

Specifically, the Center City development includes:

  • Grand River Building – a 12-story building on the north side of East Grand River Avenue

    • A small-format Target on the ground floor

    • 273 residential rental units on 11 floors


  • Albert Ave Building – a 10-story building on the south side of Albert Avenue

    • Retail space at ground level that includes the City of East Lansing parking office, Foster Coffee, Barrio and Jolly Pumpkin (coming soon!)

    • Four levels of parking for 620 vehicles

    • 92 active-living residential rental units on five floors for those 55 years and up


  • A contemporary, well-lit pedestrian walkway between the two buildings


  • A well-lit and appointed pedestrian passage through the Albert Ave Building


Target’s 22,000 square feet of retail space in the Grand River Ave building will house one of the retailer’s new small-format stores designed for dense urban neighborhoods. The focus is on groceries, grab-and-go items as well as cosmetics and general merchandise, such as clothing and home décor.


The Center City development team was led by the Ballein family’s East Lansing management company, Ballein Management, which owns the Student Book Store and several other commercial properties. The company assembled the privately held parcels within this development and partnered with Chicago-based Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors LLC to complete this project. The Christman Company, of Lansing, was the general contractor.

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