Development and Planning

What's Going on Now with the Center City Project? (UPDATED)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What’s up with the Center City District project, set to transform a large chunk of East Lansing’s downtown? Why is Parking Lot #1 now open and why are there various trucks there? And what is the project looking like economically for City taxpayers?

Uncertainty Persists around Center City District Plans

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What’s going on with the Center City District project? Confusing signals are coming out of City Hall, and at least one long-time downtown business owner is seriously frustrated with all the uncertainty.

What Happened, and What's Next?

Monday, October 9, 2017

The big bank building at the corner of Abbot & Grand River came down Saturday morning. If you missed it, we've got you covered.

Bye, Bye, Big Bank Building

Friday, October 6, 2017

If all goes according to plan, by Sunday evening the old “big bank building” will be a pile of rubble. Much of East Lansing will breathe a sigh of relief.

Income Tax Plan Could Negatively Impact Development Deals

Friday, October 6, 2017

If East Lansing voters approve a pair of tax proposals on the November 7 ballot, the resultant fall in City property taxes could have serious negative implications for various development deals. ELi's Alice Dreger explains.

Major Parts of Center City Deal Still Up in the Air

Monday, October 2, 2017

Why hasn't the Center City District project broken ground? Turns out that key financial and legal components of the deal are still in flux. ELi's Alice Dreger digs to bring you the details.

Demolition Starts Early in the Park District

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Demolition of the derelict “big bank building” started earlier than scheduled when, last night, a driver who may have been drunk plowed into the building. When is the real demo happening? We have the details.

TIF-Funded Repairs Complete at MAC Garage

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The M.A.C. parking garage is open again with repairs funded through a record-breaking 60-year TIF plan. ELi's Jeanette McWaters reports.

Chappelle Effectively Kills Park District Plans

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Park District redevelopment proposal is dead, and the plans will be scrapped, thanks to legal maneuvering by the properties' former owner. Mayor Mark Meadows tells ELi's Alice Dreger what to expect next.

Charlie Kang’s Gets Permission to Sell Alcohol

Thursday, September 14, 2017

City Council has granted Charlie Kang’s restaurant its request to sell alcohol. The long-time downtown East Lansing establishment plans to do so at its new location.

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