With East Lansing's City Council likely to vote on the Center City District proposal on Tuesday, the newly-released draft development agreement between the City and Harbor Bay raises significant questions.
Lead developer for the Center City District project, Mark Bell of Harbor Bay Real Estate, tells ELi today, “Let me please be very clear, I am making no representations that should be mistaken as facts.”
The East Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has approved a revised tax increment financing (TIF) plan of $56 million for the proposed Center City District redevelopment. ELi's Chris Root reports.
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.”
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.
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.
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.