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.