In a recent Council debate, Shanna Draheim challenged Erik Altmann's idea that taller buildings are the only way to achieve the goal of a more diverse downtown. ELi's Chris Root explains the debate as well as the decision processes.
Developers Royal Vlahakis are hoping to change their proposal to satisfy decision-makers. But will the DDA now open up bidding on the publicly-owned properties to see what other developers might offer? ELi's Alice Dreger takes a look at what we know.
Changes to site plans of both the Graduate Hotel and Center City. Talk of the demise of the Royal Vlahakis proposal. Questions dodged (again) about that million-dollar eBay land sale. ELi's Alice Dreger brings you news from Tuesday night's Council meeting.
Is it time to eliminate historic districts in East Lansing? Some City Council Members are asking, and a decision on one district may happen this Tuesday. ELi's Alice Dreger takes a closer look at the issues.
Why are so many Planning Commissioners against an ordinance allowing 160-foot-tall buildings downtown, and why are a majority of Downtown Development Authority members for it? As Council Members prepare to decide, ELi's Chris Root explains.
In the hopes of solving a major public debt, East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority gave a no-bid exclusive deal to developers Royal Vlahakis. But investigation by ELi shows the developers still haven't submitted key components of the $190 million proposal. Meanwhile, the required public debt payments are about to ramp up.
Mayor Mark Meadows says the Royal Vlahakis project is "going real slow." What does the developer say, and what's up with the big projects already under construction in downtown East Lansing? We bring you updates on them all.
Even taller buildings in even more of East Lansing? Elected and appointed officials are looking at the issue and, in Council's case, making some split decisions. ELi's Chris Root and Alice Dreger bring you up to speed.
Machines parking cars in East Lansing? The idea has elicited both excitement and skepticism. ELi's Brad Minor speaks with a representative of U-Tron, maker of automated parking systems, and the parking manager for West Hollywood, California, to help explain what we're looking at with the Royal Vlahakis proposal.
Is East Lansing's Fire Department ready for all these tall buildings? And who will pay for the cost of public services for these structures? ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger answer our readers' questions.
The Peoples Church and the Planning Commission seemed generally chilly, the Downtown Development Authority mostly warmer, and City Council decidedly mixed in reaction to the Royal Vlahakis redevelopment proposal this week. What was asked and said?
How tall would it be really? Are they really going to use a public park for private development? How is this even under review without the landowner's permission? We have more answers to your questions about the Royal Vlahakis proposal.