Development and Planning

Harbor Bay Made False Representations to Planning Commission

Monday, May 15, 2017

ELi has discovered that developer Harbor Bay’s Mark Bell made false representations to East Lansing’s Planning Commission on his Center City District proposal. Questioned by ELi, Bell neither denies nor explains the misrepresentations, but insists he is honest.

Council Split on Views of Center City Proposal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

City Council held public hearings on the Center City District site plan and tax plan last night, although no current plans were available. Council voted to do it all again in June. Here's what we've learned.

Center City Developer Not Ready for Public Hearings

Monday, May 8, 2017

The developers of the Center City District proposal say they are not ready for the public hearings set for City Council tomorrow night. They did, however, show new renderings of their project at their pizza event today, and the City Manager told those present that the public hearings are still on for tomorrow night.

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.

CATA Suspends Bus Rapid Transit Plan

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CATA's Board has voted to suspend the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan. Why has it been controversial, and what would the plan have meant for East Lansing?

Pages