1969 : Lansing Mall Opens

July 31, 2018 all-day

The Lansing Mall opened July 31, 1969. The mall was mid-Michigan’s first enclosed shopping center. It cost $18 million to build.

At 600,000 square feet it sprawled across 11 acres, like a small city under one roof.

Detroit developers Sidney Forbes and Maurice Cohen, both 33, were one of the youngest teams of multi-million dollar developers of shopping centers at the time.

The Guitar Girl statue, a life-size bronze statue of a flower child playing her guitar, graced the main entrance.

Shoppers didn’t have any problems finding a place to park. The mall offered more than 4000 parking spaces on thousands of tons of blacktop.

Source : “Lansing Mall Opens, offers cornucopia”, Lansing State Journal, April 26, 2015.

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