Development and Planning

Council to Consider Bailey Community Center Proposal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At its work session last night, East Lansing’s City Council invited the Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) to present its proposal for reuse of the Bailey Community Center building at the June 2 Council meeting, when residents will be able to watch the meeting live on television or streaming on the City’s website. At that meeting, the Council also will discuss how to proceed with the decision-making process about the Center and how to communicate this to the public.

ASK ELi: How Much TIF Is There?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Image: The new commercial and apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza, built with TIF support.

NOTE: Since this article was published, another $1.5 million TIF was approved; read more.

Today’s question for “Ask ELi to Investigate,” which arrived to us on May 6 from a reader, is: "Could someone please calculate how much revenue is lost to East Lansing each year due to prior TIF financing, and how this is different from welfare?"

Citizens Object to Gateway TIF; Council Again Approves 3-2

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Image: City Council last night debating TIF

Although last night’s City Council meeting lasted only about an hour, it was permeated with debate about Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. The lively TIF discussion stretched from public comments into councilmember reports into the discussion of the City’s budget and finally into the main reason it had come up: a re-vote on the Gateway Project “Amended Brownfield Plan #4” for the project DTN plans to build at 300 West Grand River Avenue, between Biggby’s and the West Village townhouse condos.

Council Capsule: May 19, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Image: At City Council last night, the City’s lifeguard team was recognized for receiving a safety award. Shown from left to right: Jim Jennings, Cait Prentice, Kevin Sweitzer, David Dalen, Andy Dobias, Dee Careathers, Annika Schaetzl, Emma Henry, Director of Parks & Rec Tim McCaffrey, Director of Planning Tim Dempsey.

Bailey Residents Receptive to Capital Area Housing Partnership Proposal for Bailey Community Center

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Above: Image from yesterday's presentation by Capital Area Housing Partnership

About four dozen East Lansing residents, mostly from the Bailey neighborhood, attended a meeting at the Bailey Community Center yesterday to hear the Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) present plans for repurposing the building. People posed questions about various aspects of the early version of the plans, but no one raised serious objections and several residents made a point of expressing their support for the proposal.

Housing Group Proposing Uses for Bailey as New Data Emerge

Saturday, May 9, 2015

New information from City staff has emerged on the past and possible future of the Bailey Community Center, just as the Capital Area Housing Partnership is moving to convene a public discussion this week about that organization’s vision for how to use the property.

Council Capsule: May 6, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

Residents Share Ideas about Future of Bailey Community Center

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Approximately 50 East Lansing residents who participated in the two-part, facilitated public discussion about the future of the Bailey Community Center have formulated nine clusters of ideas about the future use of the building. The sessions were organized by the City of East Lansing and held on April 27 and May 4 at the Hannah Community Center.

The ideas were in response to this question presented by facilitator Doak Bloss: “What are some ways to repurpose the Bailey Center that would bring the greatest benefit to residents of East Lansing?”

YOUR ELi: A Voter Guide for the Land Sale Charter Amendment

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This Tuesday, May 5, registered voters in East Lansing can vote on two possible amendments to the City Charter, one on the sales of public lands, the other on marijuana enforcement. Below we provide information that may help you decide how to vote on the land sale charter amendement. Click here for information on the charter amendment regarding marijuana.

Council Considers Revised Plan and TIF for Gateway

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Image: The empty lot now at 300 West Grand River Avenue (courtesy of Google streetview)


At its work session this week, City Council continued review of DTN’s “Gateway Project,” proposed for 300 West Grand River Avenue, an empty lot just to the east of the West Village 2 townhouse condos. Council and City staff also debated whether the project warrants public subsidy in the form of tax increment financing (TIF).

ASK ELi: Redevelopment Ready Properties?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Image: From the first page of the "redevelopment ready" properties list

A reader asks: “The City of East Lansing is listed on the MEDC website as a Redevelopment Ready Community.  What properties in East Lansing are considered ‘Redevelopment Ready’?”

West Village Owners Object to DTN's Gateway Project

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Above: West Village 2 condo townhouses, which neighbor the empty lot at issue

When the West Village 2 townhouse condos were built at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue, the plan for the large lot just to the east was for a building that would house still more owner-occupied condos. The building was supposed to have commercial space on the ground floor and nineteen apartment-style condos above, restricted to owner occupancy.

Council Capsule: April 21, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Image: “Graduates” of the Emerging Leaders Program

All councilmembers were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.