Historic Structures

Demolition Starts Early in the Park District

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Demolition of the derelict “big bank building” started earlier than scheduled when, last night, a driver who may have been drunk plowed into the building. When is the real demo happening? We have the details.

Focus on BWL Tree-Cutting Intensifies

Friday, July 14, 2017

With more and more East Lansing property owners vocally upset about BWL's tree-cutting program, City government interest in the matter appears to be increasing.

Park District Deal Reached Between City and Developers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

City Council and DRW/Convexity have reached a deal on the Park District redevelopment proposal. We bring you the details, including on the $19.6 million tax deal, and explain why the redevelopment isn't a sure thing just yet.

Sorority House Plan Proves Controversial

Friday, April 14, 2017

With tensions running high over the issue, Planning Commission heard comment both for and against the proposal to build a three-story-tall sorority house on the southeast corner of Harrison Road and Grand River in the Collegeville Historic District.

Park District Plan Goes to Council, Ahead of Center City Proposal

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Planning Commission has voted to unanimously recommend the Park District site plan to City Council. The Commission has also voted to spend some more time considering the Center City District proposal, changing the order in which Council will consider these two big redevelopment schemes.

Major Changes Proposed in Convexity’s Revised Plans

Monday, April 10, 2017

Convexity's new proposal for the blighted area goes to Planning Commission this Wednesday. We bring you a complete explanation of what's now being proposed and tell you how you can weigh in.

EL Historic District Commission Allows Some Uses of Fiber Cement Siding

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The East Lansing Historic District Commission is now allowing property owners in historic districts to replace original exterior wood siding with cement fiberboard siding in some cases. ELi talked to Commission Chair Amanda Harrell-Seyburn to get the details.

State Legislation Could Undo EL Historic Districts

Friday, February 12, 2016

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.

You Think It's Cold Now?

Monday, February 1, 2016

The geography of East Lansing all comes back to a big old glacier known as the Laurentide Ice Sheet.

Amended Bailey Site Plan Gets City-Level Approval

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The goal is to restore the historic exterior of the old Bailey school, replace a newer one-story addition with a three-story addition, and create low-traffic commercial space (possibly including a daycare) and 25 senior independent living rental apartments.