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Colliers Lansing finds buyer for historic Lansing building

Buyers aim to redevelop into vocational school, other uses

LANSING, Mich. — The owners of a vocational trades school are hoping to redevelop an iconic Lansing building and help revitalize a neighborhood in the process. 


Re’Shane and Steve Lonzo have owned DRM International Learning Center for more than 25 years, and recently acquired 900-916 W. Saginaw St. in Lansing after leasing space for years. The Lonzos intend to redevelop the mixed-use site into the school’s headquarters, offering skilled trades training for certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, patient care technical training, construction, residential builder’s training and more.


“Thank you to the Colliers Lansing team for helping us find this historic location, which will go on to serve many people as we help them train for and find jobs in our community,” Re’Shane Lonzo said. “We’re looking forward to getting out in the neighborhood and hearing about what our neighbors would like to see from the site so we can help ensure our redevelopment reflects the community.” 


The Lonzos worked with Colliers Lansing to help find the right building to purchase for DRM International. They were looking for a neighborhood with history, where they could be part of the revitalization of an area that is centrally located and close to a bus line for accessibility to their students.


“We were happy to work with Re’Shane and Steve, helping them find a new location for their vocational school. It will bring much-needed activity and development to this part of Lansing,” said Julie O’Brien, vice president at Colliers Lansing. “It will be great to see new life brought into this neighborhood as redevelopment kicks off and progresses.”


The building was most recently occupied by an iconic Lansing furniture store which closed last year after more than 50 years in business, said Todd Kosta, senior vice president of Woodworth Commercial, the listing agent on the property.


Before any renovations take place, the Lonzos are dedicated to engaging the community to learn what residents would like to see in their neighborhood. They are looking forward to working with local and state officials on plans as well.


“To be able to give back and help revitalize a community similar to the ones we grew up in means a lot to us,” Re’Shane Lonzo said. “We want to make sure we never forget where we come from and continue to give back to our community and make a difference.”



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Julie OBrien

Vice President


I joined Colliers in 2019 bringing more than 25 years of client/customer service experience to the Colliers team. I have worked in commercial real estate as an industrial advisor and team leader with a focus on growing the mid-Michigan industrial sector since 2011. My experience includes seller/landlord and purchaser/ tenant representation, site selection, broker’s valuation assistance and numerous other real estate services. I take great pride in the relationships I have developed with my clients while providing the highest quality of service to fulfill their unique real estate needs.

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