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What's Going on Now with the Center City Project?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What’s up with the Center City District project, set to transform a large chunk of East Lansing’s downtown? Why is Parking Lot #1 now open and why are there various trucks there? And what is the project looking like economically for City taxpayers?

Uncertainty Persists around Center City District Plans

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What’s going on with the Center City District project? Confusing signals are coming out of City Hall, and at least one long-time downtown business owner is seriously frustrated with all the uncertainty.

Ask ELi: Can Businesses Ever Legally Refuse to Serve Customers?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A reader asked about signage at Whole Foods that asserts the right "to refuse service to anyone." Is that different from the actions of the Charlotte cider mill that led East Lansing to oust them as farmers' market vendors? ELi's Ann Nichols reports.

Major Parts of Center City Deal Still Up in the Air

Monday, October 2, 2017

Why hasn't the Center City District project broken ground? Turns out that key financial and legal components of the deal are still in flux. ELi's Alice Dreger digs to bring you the details.

Riding with ELPD on Game Day

Friday, September 29, 2017

ELi reporters and ELHS students Evan Dempsey and Kepler Domurat-Sousa took what they learned in our Summer Youth Journalism Program and rode with ELPD officers the night of the MSU-Notre Dame game. What did they see?

Ask ELi: Who Pays What If Tax Proposals Pass

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ELi's Jessy Gregg answers more questions about the tax proposals. Why would residents pay double the income tax of non-residents? Won't the plan disproportionately harm renters? (And much more.)

Blue Owl Coffee Bike Now in East Lansing

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blue Owl Coffee founder Nick Berry is bringing his coffee bike to East Lansing on weekday mornings. We talked to him and City staff member Heather Pope to learn about how the new concessionaire licensing program is working.

Charlie Kang’s Gets Permission to Sell Alcohol

Thursday, September 14, 2017

City Council has granted Charlie Kang’s restaurant its request to sell alcohol. The long-time downtown East Lansing establishment plans to do so at its new location.

What’s the Population of East Lansing?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What’s the population of East Lansing? How many of those people are “permanent” residents? And what percentage of tax revenue in East Lansing currently comes from homeowners versus businesses?

PR Firm Being Hired to Help Downtown Businesses Survive Redevelopments

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Downtown Development Authority has decided to spend $20,000 to hire a PR firm to try to help businesses downtown survive anticipated major construction from the Park District and Center City District projects. Why aren't those projects moving forward yet?

Why So Much Vacant Retail Space Downtown?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Why is there so much unrented retail space downtown? ELi's Alice Dreger asked East Lansing's Director of Planning, Tim Dempsey, to explain.

Tensions Persist as Legal Costs Grow in Farmers’ Market Lawsuit

Monday, July 24, 2017

Postcards, emails, and phone calls are still coming in, calling on the City of East Lansing to change its position on a local farmers' market vendor suing the City over religious freedom. But the City is determined to defend its civil rights policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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