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Ron Boji Named Lansing Entrepreneur of the Year

The Greater Lansing Business Monthly (GLBM) has long championed entrepreneurship, and, as part of that effort, they host an annual awards event recognizing significant achievement in a variety of areas. The culmination of the event is the presentation of the Entrepreneur of the Year award. According to GLBM, “This award is intended to set the bar for our aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. It is our hope that they all attain the level of success achieved by our awardee.” This year’s recipient is Ron Boji, President of the Boji Group, a Lansing-based real estate development company owned by Ron and his father Louie who is now retired from the business. According to Boji, “My father and I had been in the real estate business for 25 years, mostly dealing with retail shopping centers. But the actual real estate development part of our company started in 1998 when we bought the Boji Tower in downtown Lansing. The tallest building in Lansing, it had previously been owned by Michigan National Bank. This purchase was instrumental in changing our business model. We did extensive renovation both inside and outside and brought the occupancy level up to 100 percent. That building now houses close to 400 occupants, ranging from State Senate staff to automobile lobbyists and law firms.” The Boji Group now concentrates on real estate development, property management and construction management. Over two million square feet of commercial space come under their purview. Boji says, “All of the management of our projects is done in-house, and we work with a variety of contractors in building, renovation and restoration.” Their first renovation project was Lansing’s Hollister Building, which was built in 1879 and was completely restored by the Boji Group. Although headquartered in Lansing, the Boji Group works throughout the state and even into other states. According to Boji, “One of our biggest projects was in Inkster, Michigan. We were hired to build a new Department of Human Services building. It was so successful that we have now completed five structures in Inkster, all built through public-private partnerships. In total, we have about $35 million in projects in Inkster.” He continues, “We pride ourselves on the public-private partnerships we have developed over the years. About 30 percent of our portfolio is with state and local government.” Other projects in the Detroit area include work for the cities of Hamtramck, Highland Park and, a bit farther north, the city of Flint. One of their largest projects was the Capitol View facility, a nine story edifice housing the State Senate. Built originally as a spec office space, the Senate now occupies the bottom seven floors with a legal firm on the top two. Included in the project was a parking structure with a capacity of over 1,000. This was a $51 million project. Boji says he is proudest of projects like the ones in Inkster, which contribute to the revitalization of core cities. According to Boji, there are a number of projects he’s anticipating in the greater Lansing area. He says, “We are always looking ahead to what opportunities might come next, and we’re prepared to move forward.” Asked about the secrets of his success, Boji is quick to divert attention from himself. He says, “I think the reason we are so successful is that I have surrounded myself with a phenomenal group of people. Our employees are outstanding.” Other awards given at the event include Business of the Year: Jeff Kresnak, Superior Asphalt; Entrepreneurial Spirit: Mike Maddox, ASK; Emerging Entrepreneur: Ian Richardson, Doberman Technologies; and Social Responsibility: Dan McNabb, Triterra.   read more:
Ron Boji Named Lansing Entrepreneur of the Year

Featured Project: Michigan Senate at Capitol View

Michigan Senate at Capitol View

  • The Michigan State Senate purchased 7 of the 9 floors of the Capitol View Building
  • 128,000 square feet of Class A office space located across the street from the State Capitol
  • The space will feature state-of-the-art safety, security and technology features and provide accommodations to allow Michigan’s citizens to more fully participate in the legislative process
  • The project represents a private-public partnership between the Michigan State Senate and Boji Group
  • Boji Group will act as master developer for the project, with a guaranteed maximum price
  • Occupancy slated for January 2017

2,000 state workers to shuffle offices in region

LANSING — About 2,000 state workers will shuffle offices over the next year and a half in an effort to clear employees from the Capitol View Building so the state Senate can move in and, officials said, to improve efficiencies. As part of the relocations announced Wednesday, the Michigan State Police will move its headquarters from downtown Lansing to the State Secondary Complex in Dimondale. That move was praised by the MSP and local lawmakers who opposed the construction of the downtown headquarters during Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration because they said the building wasn’t the right fit for the department. Michigan Department of Community Health staff will move out of the Capitol View Building and into the current MSP headquarters at 333 S. Grand Ave. The state Senate plans to move from its current home at the aging Farnum Building to Capitol View at 201 Townsend St. Staff from the state departments of Technology, Management & Budget and Licensing & Regulatory Affairs will move from the Secondary Complex to space downtown over the next 18 to 20 months. Employees from the state Department of Insurance & Financial Services will also relocate in what DTMB spokesman Caleb Buhs called “a coordinated set of moves that allow us to better optimize state-owned buildings.” That’s been a years-long effort. The State Journal reported in 2012 that the state could save millions of dollars a year by moving workers out of leased space around the tri-county area and into state-owned property with high vacancy rates downtown. Getting out of the lease at Capitol View will save the state $30 million over 10 years, Buhs said. But, with the Senate’s plan to occupy that building, he said he didn’t know the total impact to state coffers. The Michigan Strategic Fund in November issued $70 million in bonds to purchase and renovate seven of the nine floors of Capitol View. The Senate was to sell the Farnum Building, 123 W. Allegan St., and move into Capitol View, and the bonds would be repaid with lease payments from the Senate. But legislation that would allow the Farnum sale failed to pass in lame duck, and it wasn’t immediately clear how that affected the process. Amber McCann, spokeswoman for the Senate Republican majority, didn’t respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday. Buhs said the state would likely “still be getting rid of a building” at some point. Buhs also said the total cost of the moves hadn’t been finalized. But he said the state would find efficiencies by saving time and transportation costs with employees from the same department, or employees from different departments with similar jobs, under one roof. Some state workers have fretted about the disruption that could come from moving offices, but a spokesman for the state’s largest employee union said Wednesday he supported the plan. “Our number one priority is to make sure that all the state departments are appropriately staffed with people that have direct contact with the citizens,” Ray Holman, legislative liaison for the United Auto Workers Local 6000, said Wednesday. “Regarding work location, of course we want to ensure that government is efficient and set up again to serve Michigan citizens.” And the decision to move the MSP headquarters drew high praise.

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