The Avondale Square project happened because City leaders were convinced they should spend taxpayer money on "needed" housing types. The project wasn't supposed to end up costing taxpayers over $5 million.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, ELi has learned that East Lansing’s tax assessor believes the Center City District redevelopment will be worth far less than the developer has assumed, calling into question the financial viability of the project.
City Council is set to take up the controversial Center City District site plan and $55 million TIF plan this Tuesday. The project calls for private development on public land. The developers have announced they will reveal the latest version of the proposal the day before.
With City Council set to make possible decisions on the Center City redevelopment proposal next Tuesday, the City Attorney tells ELi the deal doesn't have to be run past East Lansing voters for approval. ELi examines what we know about the deal and the City Charter, and finds the situation complicated.
Last night, East Lansing's Planning Commission split 4-4 on the question of whether City Council should approve the Center City District proposal. We have the details and information on what to expect next.
City Council and DRW/Convexity have reached a deal on the Park District redevelopment proposal. We bring you the details, including on the $19.6 million tax deal, and explain why the redevelopment isn't a sure thing just yet.
A new TIF plan has been approved by the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for DRW/Convexity's Park District redevelopment proposal. Now the project moves to City Council for possible decisions next Tuesday.
The City Manager predicts “cataclysmic reductions in staff." The Fire Chief talks about closing firehouse #2. The Court's Chief Judge and Police Chief explain why court fines are way down. All this and more from last week's City budget talks.
City Council has postponed its hearing on the Center City District proposal. Target has announced it wants to be the major retailer in the new space. Development professionals are alternately praising and criticizing the way the proposal is playing out. What's the story?
Planning Commission has voted to unanimously recommend the Park District site plan to City Council. The Commission has also voted to spend some more time considering the Center City District proposal, changing the order in which Council will consider these two big redevelopment schemes.