Orion starts construction on upscale Lansing project


A “groundbreaking” for the new complex took place atop the The Heights at Eastwood, which is near the new development. Courtesy Orion Construction

A Grand Rapids builder began construction last week on a new luxury apartment complex that is going up in Lansing.

DTN Management Co. of Lansing, which owns the project, selected Orion Construction to manage the work for its new $20 million upscale mixed-use development called The Vista at The Heights.

When it’s completed, The Vista will offer 124 one-, two- and three-bedroom residential units, 32,000 square feet of commercial space, and 7,000 square feet of office suites.

The development is being built near The Heights at Eastwood, a luxury lifestyle center at 2328 Showtime Drive in Lansing just off U.S. 127.

“This project helps us develop a strong relationship with DTN Management, as well as giving us an opportunity to do what we do best: complete upscale, time-sensitive construction on an active site,” said Tony Cronkhite, Orion project manager.

“We’re very familiar with these types of mixed-use developments and we look forward to turning this project over on time and on budget,” he added.

The project is expected to take 13 months to build.

“In order to successfully complete an upscale mixed-use development such as The Vista at The Heights, you need a strong project team and an executable plan. We’ve got both and we’re very excited to be underway on this project with DTN,” said Roger Rehkopf, a partner at Orion.

“The live-work philosophy is familiar to us, and DTN’s vision of The Vista at The Heights is clear. It enhances an already popular lifestyle center and economy. It hopefully serves as a platform for future development of this thriving neighborhood,” said Rehkopf.

DTN Management and Key Bank are the primary sources of financing for the project.

Humphreys & Partners Architects LP of Dallas designed the development.

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