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The Hotel Hayes Building in Downtown Jackson Sells to New Developers


Jackson, Michigan – The City of Jackson and the Jackson Anchor Initiative announced today that the Hotel Hayes building in Downtown Jackson has been sold to J. Jeffers and Company, which has major plans to revitalize the property. The building was sold after the City Council voted to approve the sale at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“The Hotel Hayes development will be a tremendous project for the city,” said Anchor Initiative CEO Scott Fleming. “With the approved sale, downtown Jackson will experience a major economic impact with 91 market rate apartment units, new commercial businesses, new employment, and features for the community. Over the last year and a half, there have been many partners involved who helped us with the RFP leading to the completion of the sale today. I would like to thank the City of Jackson, the MEDC, Smith Group, Melissa Milton-Pung of the Michigan Municipal League, and Bruce Johnston, Revitalize LLC for all their excellent work.”

“Consumers Energy is excited by the potential redevelopment of the Hayes Hotel, both because of our history with the building and the prospect it will support new growth in our hometown,” said Scott McIntosh, a Consumers Energy vice president. “We stand ready to support the project through our Jackson Smart Energy District to provide clean and affordable energy solutions.”

The RFQ for the building project was sent out in August 2021 and received interest from several developers. The preferred development scenario for the Hotel Hayes involved rehabilitating the existing structures for mixed-use, including commercial, residential, and hotel uses, but most significantly creating a unique destination in the heart of Downtown Jackson.

The Hotel Hayes – referred to locally as the Hayes – was opened in November 1926. It is a 10-story 113,366 square foot brick and limestone Federal style treasure that was designed with 200 hotel rooms in the heart of Downtown Jackson. The hotel closed in 1975 but Consumers Energy had several floors full of employees until 2003 when they moved into their new headquarters. 

 

ABOUT THE JACKSON ANCHOR INITIATIVE

The Anchor Initiative is Jackson, Michigan’s private sector effort focused on transforming its downtown; and in doing so, making the entire community a more vibrant and valued place to live, learn, and work. Find out more at www.jaxanchor.org.

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