Development and Planning

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.

State Legislation Could Undo EL Historic Districts

Friday, February 12, 2016

Above: A typical streetscape in the Oakwood Historic District, showing both owner-occupied and rental houses.

East Lansing’s designated historic districts could be undone if Michigan House Bill (HB) 5232 passes. Following the lead of other Michigan cities like Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, the City of East Lansing is gearing up to fight back to retain local control of its historic districts, even while some believe the districts impede productive redevelopment in East Lansing and elsewhere.

Judge Clears Way for New Owners of Blighted Properties

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk ruled today against a request for legal delays by the corporation known as City Center Two Project LLC in regard to a group of major blighted properties downtown, essentially clearing the way for new owners to take over without major legal encumbrances. This means the new owners could potentially move to demolish the old buildings and seek approval for redevelopment of the blighted area.

Council Tries to Shape City Via New Zoning Changes

Friday, February 5, 2016

Townhouses on Albert Street (above), photo courtesy of Hagan Realty

In a pair of unanimous votes, this week East Lansing’s City Council put through a group of zoning changes that appear designed to encourage more housing for non-students in high-density areas of the City and to discourage housing of large number of students in single dwelling units.

East Village Landlords Want to Improve Properties, But City Says No

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Above: One version of what the City thought the East Village could look like if redeveloped

Tomorrow, the City of East Lansing will host the first meeting of the group convened by City Council to address landlords’ concern about the City telling them they may not make improvements on certain properties. Since 2011, the City has determined that landlords cannot make certain changes to their buildings if they are “nonconforming”—that is, if the buildings don’t meet the zoning for that property.

Council Capsule: January 19, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. (Woods left after the consent agenda.)

Bailey Project Awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Image: artist’s rendering of the proposed daycare space as would exist at the redeveloped Bailey Community Center

The Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) is one step closer to redeveloping the Bailey Community Center as planned. The City of East Lansing announced on behalf of the group today that CAHP “has officially received a Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding reservation from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)” for the project.

Questions Answered at Burcham Solar Project Forum

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Monday night, a community forum was held at the Hannah Center for the planned Community Solar Project in Burcham Park. The forum, hosted by the City of East Lansing Commission on the Environment and the Meridian Township Environmental Commission, was an opportunity to provide more information on the project and to address questions, concerns, or suggestions residents may have about the solar park.

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