Above: the demolition at 341-345 Evergreen Avenue, with Peoples Church shown in the background.
Wreckers have completely taken down the former “Evergreen Arms” apartment buildings which were located at the southwest corner of Valley Court and Evergreen Avenue. The buildings, just north of Peoples Church and south of Valley Court Park, had been vacant and blighted for several years.
ELi’s Ian Hoopingarner reported earlier this week on the simultaneous demolition of the building at 303 Abbot Road. While 303 Abbot Road is owned by East Lansing’s Downtown Development Authority, the “Evergreen Arms” properties (341-345 Evergreen Avenue) are owned privately by WGR Finance. WGR Finance also purchased the “big bank building” at 100 West Grand River Avenue and the commercial structures located between that and Peoples Church along Grand River Avenue.
Hoopingarner reported for our readers today that City staff expect East Lansing’s Planning Commission to get a site plan proposal from WGR Finance’s apparently-affiliated company, DRW Holdings, next month. That plan is not expected to include the properties along Evergreen Avenue, but only to include some or possibly all of the properties along Albert Street and Grand River Avenue.