Development and Planning

Companies Told They Must Pay for Sidewalks on Coleman Road

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Residents on the northern edge of the City asked Council to require developers to install sidewalks along undeveloped properties on Coleman Road. This lead to a lively Council debate about balancing competing interests.

Documents Show MSU President Critical of BRT

Friday, August 12, 2016

Letters uncovered by a group critical of CATA's Bus Rapid Transit plans show MSU's President Lou Anna Simon has been a long-running skeptic of the project.

Park District Redevelopment Inching Forward

Friday, July 29, 2016

Wreckers turn a vacant building to dust, while a block away, East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority talks about what's next. ELi's Ian Hoopingarner reports.

Meridian Board Votes Against CATA’s BRT

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Above: sign at Coral Gables Plaza along the planned BRT route

The Meridian Township Board has passed a resolution in opposition to CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Passed last night, the Board’s resolution has no formal impact on the plan, because the roads involved (Michigan and Grand River Avenues) are owned by the City of Lansing and the State of Michigan. But the move could affect CATA’s chances of obtaining federal funding for the project.

More Buildings Being Demolished Downtown

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Above: The former Evergreen Arms apartments, yesterday

Two vacant former apartment buildings just north of Peoples Church are being stripped of asbestos and will be coming down soon. The brick structures at 341-345 Evergreen Avenue, known as the “Evergreen Arms” and situated near Valley Court Park, are being cleared of asbestos in advance of demolition of the buildings. This was confirmed for ELi this morning by East Lansing’s Director of Planning, Tim Dempsey.

Costco Plan Moving Forward

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Above: Fiesta Charra restaurant, behind which Costco plans to build a store

Following the reaching of an agreement between the City of East Lansing and Meridian Township, Costco is likely to soon be building a new store in East Lansing along Saginaw Highway just east of Park Lake Road on land adjacent to the Fiesta Charra restaurant.

Solar Project Going Forward

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

When East Lansing’s City Council voted unanimously to offer a much less lucrative tax abatement than the developer of a local solar project asked, some were worried that the Council’s decision would kill the project. But asked by ELi about whether the project proposed by Inovateus Solar is going forward, the City Manager’s office confirmed this morning that it is.

Bailey Balconies Go Back to Council

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above: the property at issue under construction

The question of whether a new Bailey-neighborhood rental apartment complex can have balconies has been sent back to City Council, as the developer has explained to ELi why the balconies didn’t go to Council for approval in the first place.

Building with Complicated Political History to Be Destroyed

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Plans to demolish the publicly-owned commercial building at 303 Abbot Road, known as “the little bank building,” are moving along. According to City staff, the current plan calls for a contractor starting asbestos abatement next week and the major demolition of the building starting the week of July 11.