The Capital Area Transportation Authority will no longer make stops inside Lansing’s Frandor Mall. Mall management cite safety issues at bus shelters.
CATA has received a contract termination letter from the company that owns the Frandor shopping center.
In an emailed statement, Corr Commercial Real Estate chairman Patrick Corr said the company had encountered issues with public intoxication, aggressive begging and public urination near the two bus stops in central Frandor. .
“We have a fiduciary duty to our mall tenants, customers/employees, to provide a safe environment and safe passage to their destination, and to mitigate the issue. These are safety issues that cannot be ignored,” Corr wrote in the email.
CATA spokesperson Lolo Robinson says the bus service is concerned on the removal of stops.
“Primarily the negative impact it could have on our passengers, especially the elderly and people with disabilities,” Robinson said. “There are no sidewalks leading to this Frandor property and no crosswalks in Michigan, which gave us quite a few safety concerns.”
Robinson says they tried to reach an agreement with Corr but were unsuccessful.
“We felt a sense of urgency communicating to him that the issue of homelessness is a community concern and that we would like him to come back to the table with the community to find solutions, but really to no avail,” said she declared. said.
CATA will continue to serve bus stops around the Frandor perimeter and Spec-Tran service will still be available to make stops inside the mall. Spec-Tran is CATA’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service for people unable to use its fixed route system. A one-way trip on Spec-Tran costs $2.50, while a regular fare one-way trip on CATA’s fixed service costs $1.25.
Robinson says more than 200 riders per day will be affected by the removal of bus service in Frandor.
“There are many services that are viable and vital to the survival of many residents, including grocery stores, pharmacies, food resources, many different services that enhance the daily lives of people who use them,” she said. “And denying access to the elderly and people with disabilities is a serious concern.”
Corr says that over the past 12 months, mall tenants have called Lansing police more than 150 times in concern.
“When called, police do not always remove them from the property for the incidents mentioned above,” he said in his email. “Also, when offenders find out that LPD won’t remove them, it emboldens them and the word spreads. Usually the police just let someone get on the bus…and they sometimes come back the same day on the bus.”
As of Tuesday evening, the Lansing Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
The last day of service at Frandor’s central stops is October 16.