Development and Planning

Bailey Neighborhood Fears Destabilization from City's Actions

Monday, January 12, 2015
Bailey Community Center

The battle over the future of the Bailey Community Center—and, according to some residents, the future of the Bailey neighborhood itself—will continue tomorrow night at City Council during a work session that will not be broadcast for public viewing. On one side is City staff who see the costs of keeping open the Community Center and the daycare it houses as simply too high for citizens to bear.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: December 2, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Image: Noa Ziv asks City Council not to close her daycare.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Council Reviews Options for Dealing with Controversial Developer

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Image: Todd Arend, representing PDIG at Council last night

At East Lansing City Council last night, further discussion of the proposal from PDIG to redevelop the corner at Abbot Road and Grand River was deferred until January—but not before many objections to the developer from citizens and a lengthy Council discussion about how and when the City might legally be able to end the project if concerns about the developer’s trustworthiness persist.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 25, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Work session: This was a work session, which means there was no video recording of the meeting.

Discussion of proposed amendment to the Code of Ethics: For a special ELi report on this, click here.

Developer's Owners Include Children, But Little More Revealed at Council

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Image: Planning Director Tim Dempsey speaks at City Council

Tonight at City Council, Planning Director Tim Dempsey told Council that the development company PDIG—with which the City is actively negotiating on what would be the largest development in City history, at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road—is owned in part by minor children.

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Has Hotel Indigo Pulled Out?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Each week at ELi, we take a question from a reader, investigate the answer, and bring you the result on Friday.

This week’s question from a reader: Did the failure of the parking lot sale authorization on Election Day cause Hotel Indigo to pull out of its plan to be a tenant in the proposed “Building A” in the Park District?

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 18, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

Present: Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Absent: Mayor Nathan Triplett.

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why Did People Vote Yes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week’s “Ask ELi to Investigate” is a follow-up to last week when we looked at why people voted “no” on the question of authorizing City Council to sell three parking lots. Today we’re looking at why 4,858 people (about 56.6% of those who voted) voted “yes.”

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why Did People Vote No?

Friday, November 7, 2014

What were the 3,728 people who voted “no” thinking? That’s the question we’re tackling this week in “Ask ELi to Investigate”—why enough East Lansing voters said “no” (to authorizing City Council to sell three parking lots) to cause the measure to fail. We think gathering answers to this question could help citizens, City officials, and developers understand what happened as the City goes forward from here.

Fall-Out from the No Vote

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tonight at City Council, Mayor Nathan Triplett spoke with disappointment about yesterday’s failed vote to authorize City Council to proceed without the need for further direct-voter-approval on developer DTN’s Park District proposal. But City Manager George Lahanas said he saw the vote as sending an important reminder or message to City Council and the City planning staff.

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