The Lansing City Council voted Thursday night to annex a piece of land on the city's southwestern edge planned as the site of a new high school.
Earlier this month, the Lansing Board of Education submitted a resolution requesting the voluntary annexation to the city. Lansing Mayor Billy Blackwell said the measure allows the school district to move forward on its construction.
“Site utilities, needs and transportation issues necessitates platting and annexation,” he said.
In November, the district asked voters within its boundaries to approve a $73 million bond issue, the centerpiece of which is the construction of a new high school and adjacent district athletic facilities. The new building is scheduled to be open by the start of the 2015 school year.
Councilman Tony McNeill asked what the city might be “signing up” for by approving the annexation, given that the site will need to have water and sewer utilities extended to it and could possibly require transportation improvements to accommodate increased traffic. John Jacobson, the city's community development superintendent, said the answer was none, for now.
“The improvements that are going to happen on that site are a product of development and planning,” he said. “You're not having any financial commitment on this, based on annexation.”
The council approved an ordinance recognizing the annexation.