Business

ELFCO May Reopen as Year-Round Farmers' Market

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Board of the East Lansing Food Co-op is moving forward with plans to reopen as a year-round farmers' market, and they're looking for space in East Lansing. Jessy Gregg reports.

DDA Recommends Against Marijuana Provisioning Centers Downtown

Friday, December 15, 2017

As the State of Michigan begins accepting licenses for medical marijuana businesses, East Lansing's DDA has voted unanimously to ask City Council to defer action on provisioning centers when it takes up the issue next week. Alice Dreger reports. 

First of Two Marijuana Zoning Ordinances Passes in 4-1 Vote

Friday, December 8, 2017

After passionate arguments for and against from members of the public, East Lansing's City Council passed an ordinance specifying where medical marijuana may be grown, processed, transported and tested within the City. Jessy Gregg has the story.

Zoning for Marijuana-Related Businesses Remains Controversial

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Planning Commission heard from citizens with sharply differing opinions on zoning for medical marijuana growing, processing, testing, transport and sales at last Wednesday's meeting.  What will the Commission recommend to City Council? Ann Nichols reports.

EL City Council Willing to Revisit 50/50 Ordinance

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For 33 years, an East Lansing City ordinance has required that any establishment serving alcohol must take in at least 50% of its revenue from food sales. At last night's discussion-only meeting, City Council agreed to revisit the rule. Jessy Gregg reports.

Portrait: Luke Hackney of RetroDuck.com

Monday, February 13, 2017

Luke Hackney, President and CEO of downtown business RetroDuck.com, calls East Lansing "the City I love," and has worked to support everything from the arts to downtown parking solutions.  Rosalind Arch reports.

Council Condemns House, Allows Pumpkin Parking

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What did City Council do this week? Condemned a house, followed a wish to have free parking during the Great Pumpkin Walk, set a tax exemption hearing, and much more.

Rapid Transit Would Bring Changes to Downtown East Lansing

Friday, March 11, 2016

Above: artist's rendition of a future BRT station

In East Lansing, CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would reduce the number of stops along Grand River Avenue, provide raised platforms for faster and easier boarding, reduce the greenway median by one-quarter in acreage, and reduce the number of westbound car lanes downtown by one, according to the current plan. An update on the plan was presented to East Lansing’s City Council this week by City Planning staff Lori Mullins and CATA’s Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander.

The Hatch: Fueling Student Entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 25, 2016

 

The Hatch is a space designed to aid undergraduate Michigan State University students in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Located on the third floor of 325 E. Grand River Avenue, Suite 345, the space gives students 24 hour access to the co-working space to utilize their various resources and to start their businesses.

New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

Council Capsule: October 20, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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