City Council

Real Estate Deal Unexpectedly Costs Taxpayers $5 Million

Monday, May 8, 2017

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.

Council Likely to Decide on Center City Project This Tuesday, May 9

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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.

City Attorney Says Citizens Won't Be Asked to Vote on Center City Deal

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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.

Park District Deal Reached Between City and Developers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

Council Approves Trowbridge Hotel with $1M Tax Deal

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A new extended-stay hotel, restaurant, and drive-through coffee shop will be built along Trowbridge Road, near Route 127, under a plan approved by City Council and supported by a $1 million tax plan.

Center City District Public Hearing Postponed; Target Store Announced

Friday, April 14, 2017

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?

Park District Plan Goes to Council, Ahead of Center City Proposal

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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.

Major Changes Proposed in Convexity’s Revised Plans

Monday, April 10, 2017

Convexity's new proposal for the blighted area goes to Planning Commission this Wednesday. We bring you a complete explanation of what's now being proposed and tell you how you can weigh in.

East Lansing Has No Parks Named after Women

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, ELi has confirmed that every named park in the City of East Lansing is named after a boy or man, including the two named this year.

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