City Council

Costco Plan Moving Forward

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Above: Fiesta Charra restaurant, behind which Costco plans to build a store

Following the reaching of an agreement between the City of East Lansing and Meridian Township, Costco is likely to soon be building a new store in East Lansing along Saginaw Highway just east of Park Lake Road on land adjacent to the Fiesta Charra restaurant.

PACE’s Pace of Ticket-Writing Questioned

Thursday, June 30, 2016

At the East Lansing City Council meeting held on May 17, 2016, East Lansing Police Chief Jeff Murphy and Supervisor Eldon Evans of Parking and Code Enforcement (PACE) took questions from Council about the writing of tickets by PACE. Some members of Council suggested that PACE should be giving more warnings and fewer tickets, but when I contacted ELPD to follow-up, it appears the rate of ticket-writing is unlikely to slow.

Solar Project Going Forward

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

When East Lansing’s City Council voted unanimously to offer a much less lucrative tax abatement than the developer of a local solar project asked, some were worried that the Council’s decision would kill the project. But asked by ELi about whether the project proposed by Inovateus Solar is going forward, the City Manager’s office confirmed this morning that it is.

New COEL Citizen Innovation and Technology Panel Needs Volunteers

Monday, June 27, 2016

Do you have an interest in technology? Have you ever wanted to join a panel that will directly help the City? The City of East Lansing is creating a Citizen Innovation and Technology Panel, and they are looking for eager community members to help them out.

Bailey Balconies Go Back to Council

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above: the property at issue under construction

The question of whether a new Bailey-neighborhood rental apartment complex can have balconies has been sent back to City Council, as the developer has explained to ELi why the balconies didn’t go to Council for approval in the first place.

Building with Complicated Political History to Be Destroyed

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Plans to demolish the publicly-owned commercial building at 303 Abbot Road, known as “the little bank building,” are moving along. According to City staff, the current plan calls for a contractor starting asbestos abatement next week and the major demolition of the building starting the week of July 11.

Confederate Flag Raises Questions about City Contract with MSU

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above: Councilmember Ruth Beier (right) talking to ELPD officers at the Zemer root beer stand last summer

The controversy over a vendor’s display of the Confederate flag at last year’s downtown Folk Festival arose at East Lansing’s City Council again last night, as Council members discussed how the City might push MSU to select only vendors unlikely to display such a politically-charged image.

MSU Solar Array Project Seeks Tax Exemption; Council Split

Monday, June 20, 2016

 

Above: an artist’s rendering of a solar array project from the application for the tax exemption

A Michigan-based company wants to install a large solar array at MSU, and its request for a related tax exemption from the City of East Lansing is causing debate at City Council.

New Public Art, Becoming a Bike-Friendly City, and Much More at Council

Friday, May 27, 2016

This is your weekly Council Capsule, summarizing what happened this week at East Lansing’s City Council.

New building along Valley Court Park to have large art display: To address the “percent for art” requirement, the building under construction at 300 West Grand River Avenue (just west of Biggby Coffee and just south of Valley Court Park) will see the addition of a large art installation as shown above.

Latest TIF Plan Sharply Limited to Environmental Clean-Up

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Above: the project site at the northeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Spartan Avenue.

The East Lansing City Council voted yesterday on both the site plan and Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan for the White Oak Place project at Spartan and Grand River Avenues (just west of Brookfield Plaza). But in both cases, what the Council approved was significantly different from what the developer had proposed.

Parks Millage Looks Unlikely to Be on November Ballot

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As a key Parks millage is due to expire later this year, East Lansing’s City Council held a tense conversation about whether the upcoming November election is the right time to try to get East Lansing voters to renew that millage. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

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