Development and Planning

Downtown Blighted Buldings to Be Eliminated by Year’s End

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

East Lansing’s City Manager George Lahanas announced today that a series of long-blighted commercial buildings on Grand River Avenue near Abbot Road will be demolished by the end of this year. According the announcement, the new owners of the “Big Bank Building” at the northwest corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road and the commercial property between that structure and People’s Church have agreed to a “stipulation and consent order to demolish the properties” by December 31, 2016.

Tin Can Denied Entertainment License

Friday, April 15, 2016

 

Above: The image taken by and mentioned at Council by Councilmember Erik Altmann.

When the application to open the Tin Can bar on Grand River Avenue came before the last East Lansing City Council in October, it led to a contentious 3-2 vote, with then-Mayor Nathan Triplett, then-Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and City Councilmember Susan Woods voting in favor, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Boyle voting against.

Market-Rate Senior Apartments Added to Bailey; Daycare May Happen

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 

Above: Architect’s drawings of the plans for the redevelopment of the Bailey Community Center showing north and south sides

On Tuesday night, East Lansing’s City Council approved changes to the redevelopment plan for the Bailey Community Center and heard from City staff about plans for a daycare, playground equipment, and parking. City Council voted 4-0 to approve a revised application from Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) for the property. (Mayor Mark Meadows was recused from the discussion and vote because he serves on the board of CAHP.)

White Oak Place Project Remains Controversial

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 

Image: The leafed-out white oak tree of “White Oak Place” as seen from Spartan Avenue last fall.

Following a request by the developer Joe Goodsir, East Lansing City Council opted last night to defer decision-making on the White Oak Place project proposal until May 24. Mayor Mark Meadows said the delay will allow the City to seek its own environmental assessment of what is needed in terms of clean-up at the site, which includes a former gas station.

Council to Consider Large New Apartment Complex

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Above: Artist’s rendering of the proposed project as seen looking east from Spartan Avenue

If two votes go as expected, tonight East Lansing’s City Council will set a pair of public hearings for April 12 to consider a site plan and tax increment financing (TIF) plan for a major new apartment complex near Hagadorn Road. If built as planned, the project, a six-story mixed-used development to be named White Oak Place, will sit on the corner of East Grand River and Spartan Avenues, just west of Brookfield Plaza.

Bicyclists Concerned about Rapid Transit Plan

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.

City Gets Grant to Demolish Vacant Downtown Building

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority has granted the City of East Lansing its request for $99,000 to demolish the vacant, blighted “little bank building” at the corner of Abbot Road and Albert Street, shown above.

Rapid Transit Would Bring Changes to Downtown East Lansing

Friday, March 11, 2016

Above: artist's rendition of a future BRT station

In East Lansing, CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would reduce the number of stops along Grand River Avenue, provide raised platforms for faster and easier boarding, reduce the greenway median by one-quarter in acreage, and reduce the number of westbound car lanes downtown by one, according to the current plan. An update on the plan was presented to East Lansing’s City Council this week by City Planning staff Lori Mullins and CATA’s Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander.

Likely Coming soon: Tech Taskforce, Comp Plan, and More Talking Crosswalks

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Image: The audible crosswalk at Grand River Avenue and Division Street

East Lansing’s City Council met last night for a “discussion-only” meeting at the Hannah Community Center that lasted almost three hours. Mayor Mark Meadows was in attendance along with Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier was absent.

Extended-Stay Hotel Converting to Apartments

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Photo courtesy Google Streetview

What has been the Gatehouse Suites Extended-Stay Hotel in East Lansing will soon be converted to apartments under a redevelopment plan approved Tuesday night by East Lansing’s City Council. The plan received unanimous support by Council, with Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier telling the owner they see this as an opportunity to provide rental housing to non-students near campus.

Council Restricts Drones, Appoints Financial Health Team, Revisits Permit Parking

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Logistical update: All Council members were present at tonight’s meeting, including Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and members Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Before the meeting’s official start, Meadows noted that Tuesday’s meeting was being recorded and broadcast via fixed-position cameras in accordance with Council’s new schedule and frequency of video recording meetings, as previously reported by ELi’s Coleen Moyerbrailean.

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