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First of Two Marijuana Zoning Ordinances Passes in 4-1 Vote

Friday, December 8, 2017

After passionate arguments for and against from members of the public, East Lansing's City Council passed an ordinance specifying where medical marijuana may be grown, processed, transported and tested within the City. Jessy Gregg has the story.

Zoning for Marijuana-Related Businesses Remains Controversial

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Planning Commission heard from citizens with sharply differing opinions on zoning for medical marijuana growing, processing, testing, transport and sales at last Wednesday's meeting.  What will the Commission recommend to City Council? Ann Nichols reports.

EL City Council Willing to Revisit 50/50 Ordinance

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For 33 years, an East Lansing City ordinance has required that any establishment serving alcohol must take in at least 50% of its revenue from food sales. At last night's discussion-only meeting, City Council agreed to revisit the rule. Jessy Gregg reports.

Portrait: Luke Hackney of RetroDuck.com

Monday, February 13, 2017

Luke Hackney, President and CEO of downtown business RetroDuck.com, calls East Lansing "the City I love," and has worked to support everything from the arts to downtown parking solutions.  Rosalind Arch reports.

Council Condemns House, Allows Pumpkin Parking

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What did City Council do this week? Condemned a house, followed a wish to have free parking during the Great Pumpkin Walk, set a tax exemption hearing, and much more.

Rapid Transit Would Bring Changes to Downtown East Lansing

Friday, March 11, 2016

Above: artist's rendition of a future BRT station

In East Lansing, CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would reduce the number of stops along Grand River Avenue, provide raised platforms for faster and easier boarding, reduce the greenway median by one-quarter in acreage, and reduce the number of westbound car lanes downtown by one, according to the current plan. An update on the plan was presented to East Lansing’s City Council this week by City Planning staff Lori Mullins and CATA’s Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander.

The Hatch: Fueling Student Entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 25, 2016

 

The Hatch is a space designed to aid undergraduate Michigan State University students in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Located on the third floor of 325 E. Grand River Avenue, Suite 345, the space gives students 24 hour access to the co-working space to utilize their various resources and to start their businesses.

New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

Council Capsule: October 20, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

Profile of Red Cedar Spirits

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Rachel at Red Cedar Spirits

Tucked away at 2000 Merritt Road, between Park Lake Road and Haslett Road, is the largest beverage distillery in Michigan. It produces apple brandy, buckwheat bourbon, corn whiskey, gin, and rice vodka for its own label as well as producing distillations for private labels. In addition to the distillery, this location includes a tasting room, Red Cedar Spirits, featuring handcrafted cocktails.

Jaycees Host Holiday Sale to Support Local Community Projects

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Pne Stop Shop poster

The Lansing Jaycees will host a ‘Holiday One Stop Shopping’ event this Saturday, November 15 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. The event will run from 11am to 5pm and is free for shoppers. Local vendors will be set up to sell their products to East Lansing and area residents. “This is a great way for shoppers to knock out their holiday shopping list,” said Sheryl Soczek, Lansing Jaycees treasurer and chair of the Holiday One Stop Shop.

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