REO Town

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REO Town
REO Town district in Lansing, Michigan
REO Town district in Lansing, Michigan
Location in the city of Lansing, Michigan
Location in the city of Lansing, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°43′01″N 84°33′13″W / 42.7170°N 84.5537°W / 42.7170; -84.5537Coordinates: 42°43′01″N 84°33′13″W / 42.7170°N 84.5537°W / 42.7170; -84.5537
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ingham
 • Neighborhood 0.624 sq mi (1.62 km2)
Population (2009)
 • Neighborhood 1,989
 • Density 3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)
 • Metro 454,044
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48910, 48912, 48933
Area code(s) 517
REO Town @[1]

REO Town is a district in Lansing, Michigan, located south of downtown. The neighborhood is bordered by West Malcolm X Street to the north; South Cedar Street BL I-96 to the east; West Mount Hope Ave to the south; and Townsend Street, the Grand River, and Todd Ave to the west.[1] Considered the birthplace of the commercial automobile in the United States,[2] REO Town is named after Ransom Eli Olds, an automobile pioneer, for whom both the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named.[3] In addition to a commercial corridor along South Washington Avenue, REO Town includes three neighborhoods: Fabulous Acres, Moores Park, and River Point.[4]


The REO Motor Car Company began producing automobiles along South Washington Avenue in REO Town in 1905, ending production in 1975.[5]

The REO Town Commercial Association was formed in 2003 to encourage businesses and residential growth in the area.[5]

Former Deluxe Inn motel and urban art exhibit prior to September 2010 demolition

In July 2010 the Lansing Board of Water & Light announced plans to construct a $182 million natural gas-powered electric and steam generation plant along Washington Avenue in REO Town. The eight-story, 46,500 feet (14,170 m) facility is expected to create 180 jobs upon its opening in January 2013.[6] Plans also call for the renovation and reuse of the former Grand Trunk railroad station.[7] Construction of the new power station began in May 2011.[8] The cogeneration power plant became operational on July 1, 2013.[9]

In August 2010 the former Deluxe Inn was transformed into an outdoor urban graffiti art exhibit. The planned event attracted approximately 25 artists. The defunct motel, at the north end of REO Town, was demolished in September and will be redeveloped into new residential and retail units.[10][11]

In August 2011 Lansing received a $326,100 federal transportation grant to help pay for a $2.1 million streetscape project along Washington Avenue in REO Town.[12][13]

REO Town district along Washington Avenue
in Lansing, Michigan


  1. ^ a b REO Town neighborhood in Lansing, Michigan (MI), 48910, 48912, 48933 detailed profile,, Retrieved June 7, 2012
  2. ^ REO Town Official Webpage, retrieved 2014-Jun-18
  3. ^ Lansing, Michigan,, retrieved 2010-Aug-03
  4. ^ Adams, Tara. REO Town - REO Town Living and Visiting Guide, Lansing Area Capital Gains,, August 12, 2009, Retrieved August 5, 2010
  5. ^ a b Rook, Christine and Melissa Domsic. New REO Town development could revitalize Lansing downtown district, Lansing State Journal,, August 1, 2010, Retrieved August 5, 2010
  6. ^ Domsic, Melissa. BWL plans $182M power plant in Lansing's REO Town, Lansing State Journal,, July 16, 2010, Retrieved August 3, 2010
  7. ^ BWL becomes REO Town's best friend, Lansing State Journal,, July 30, 2010, Retrieved August 5, 2010
  8. ^ Domsic, Melissa. 'Classy' power plant in REO Town is under way, Lansing State Journal,, May 26, 2011, Retrieved May 28, 2011
  9. ^ Howell, Brandon. Lansing Board of Water & Light's new $182 million REO Town cogeneration plant goes online,, July 1, 2013, Retrieved July 7, 2013
  10. ^ Rook, Christine. REO Town - Graffiti Art Project At Deluxe Inn Brings Attention to REO Town Revitalization, Lansing State Journal,, July 31, 2010, Retrieved August 4, 2010
  11. ^ Rook, Christine. Deluxe Inn falls as demolition starts, Lansing State Journal,, September 13, 2010, Retrieved September 13, 2010
  12. ^ Domsic, Melissa. Grant given to upgrade streetscape in Lansing, Lansing State Journal,, August 18, 2011, Retrieved August 18, 2011
  13. ^ Press Release. USDOT Federal Highway Administration. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $9.1 Million in Grants for Michigan Highway Projects,, August 17, 2011, Retrieved August 18, 2011

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