Center City District

Center City District Hearings Postponed

Friday, June 9, 2017

With no explanation provided, the City has announced that the public hearings for the Center City District redevelopment proposal have been postponed.

City Withheld Key Data on Center City District Proposal

Monday, May 22, 2017

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.”

Harbor Bay Made False Representations to Planning Commission

Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

Council Split on Views of Center City Proposal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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.

Center City Developer Not Ready for Public Hearings

Monday, May 8, 2017

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.

Council Likely to Decide on Center City Project This Tuesday, May 9

Saturday, May 6, 2017

City Council is set to take up the controversial Center City District site plan and $55 million TIF plan this Tuesday. The project calls for private development on public land. The developers have announced they will reveal the latest version of the proposal the day before.

City Attorney Says Citizens Won't Be Asked to Vote on Center City Deal

Thursday, May 4, 2017

With City Council set to make possible decisions on the Center City redevelopment proposal next Tuesday, the City Attorney tells ELi the deal doesn't have to be run past East Lansing voters for approval. ELi examines what we know about the deal and the City Charter, and finds the situation complicated.

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