Development and Planning

Council to Consider Complex Agreement with Park District Developer

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What kinds of protections are built in for the City of East Lansing in the the Development Agreement with DRW/Convexity, the would-be developer of the blighted Park District? We explain in advance of next Tuesday's City Council vote on the agreement.

City Withheld Key Data on Center City District Proposal

Monday, May 22, 2017

Results of a new Freedom of Information Act request show that the City of East Lansing withheld key data on the Center City District proposal for over three months. Mayor Mark Meadows tells ELi, "There is no hidden staff agenda or suppression of information involved here.”

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.

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