Big Redevelopment in Downtown East Lansing
ELi tracks big East Lansing redevelopment like no other news source—and the news we bring you is independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan.
Right now, we are continuing to track these three major projects in development downtown:
Center City District redevelopment: This is the $132 million public-private project now under construction in the heart of downtown (shown below). The project is designed to bring a new “urban” Target downtown, along with a new 12-story apartment building for market-rate rentals, a new five-story parking garage with retail along Albert Avenue and five floors of senior rental housing above that. The project includes a $58 million tax increment financing (TIF) plan.
Park District redevelopment: This is the long-troubled area at the northwest corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue that, until fall 2017, included blighted commercial buildings that stood vacant for years (shown below in demolition). The project is currently in a redesign process, but is expected to include a new hotel, rental-rate apartments, and owner-occupied condos. The project is expected to involve a public-private partnership so that the City can deal with $7 million in debt associated with a previous plan for the site.
The Hub redevelopment: Demolition has begun on the site of the old Georgio’s Pizza and 7-11 store at the southeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Bogue Street in preparation for the building of “The Hub,” set to be a ten-story project with retail space on the first floor and apartments for up to 585 residents, chiefly MSU students. The project is expected to open for Fall 2019. (The image below shows the site before demolition and the architect's rendering of the project.) Read more about the project design and City Council’s 5-0 decision to approve it.
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