Above: Architect’s drawings of the plans for the redevelopment of the Bailey Community Center showing north and south sides
On Tuesday night, East Lansing’s City Council approved changes to the redevelopment plan for the Bailey Community Center and heard from City staff about plans for a daycare, playground equipment, and parking. City Council voted 4-0 to approve a revised application from Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) for the property. (Mayor Mark Meadows was recused from the discussion and vote because he serves on the board of CAHP.)
Image: The leafed-out white oak tree of “White Oak Place” as seen from Spartan Avenue last fall.
Following a request by the developer Joe Goodsir, East Lansing City Council opted last night to defer decision-making on the White Oak Place project proposal until May 24. Mayor Mark Meadows said the delay will allow the City to seek its own environmental assessment of what is needed in terms of clean-up at the site, which includes a former gas station.
Above: Artist’s rendering of the proposed project as seen looking east from Spartan Avenue
If two votes go as expected, tonight East Lansing’s City Council will set a pair of public hearings for April 12 to consider a site plan and tax increment financing (TIF) plan for a major new apartment complex near Hagadorn Road. If built as planned, the project, a six-story mixed-used development to be named White Oak Place, will sit on the corner of East Grand River and Spartan Avenues, just west of Brookfield Plaza.
Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.
Tomorrow at 4 p.m. marks the deadline for law firms to submit their proposals to become East Lansing’s latest legal representative. As ELi reported earlier, on February 2, absent public discussion of the matter, East Lansing’s City Council passed a resolution instructing the City Manager to issue a request for proposals.
Image: The audible crosswalk at Grand River Avenue and Division Street
East Lansing’s City Council met last night for a “discussion-only” meeting at the Hannah Community Center that lasted almost three hours. Mayor Mark Meadows was in attendance along with Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier was absent.
Last night at its regularly-scheduled meeting, East Lansing’s City Council passed an ordinance that gives Council the ability to authorize the killing of deer by government-authorized hunters on City-owned land. Council members were divided on the question of whether organized culls should begin soon. A previous proposal had called for government-employed hunters killing as many deer as possible in East Lansing’s White Park and Harrison Meadows Park.
What has been the Gatehouse Suites Extended-Stay Hotel in East Lansing will soon be converted to apartments under a redevelopment plan approved Tuesday night by East Lansing’s City Council. The plan received unanimous support by Council, with Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier telling the owner they see this as an opportunity to provide rental housing to non-students near campus.
Photo credit: Greg Thompson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wikimedia Commons
East Lansing’s City Council is set tonight to continue discussion of a possible deer cull in two City parks. In response to questions from Council members, City staff has prepared answers to questions about deer sterilization, whether organized kills will really reduce local populations, and whether it is possible to put reflectors on deer to reduce deer-car accidents. Tonight’s meeting could see a vote on an ordinance that would allow the culls to occur.
This week, the East Lansing City Council held its third in a series of dedicated meetings focused on developing Strategic Priorities for the City. All members of Council were present. This week’s meeting followed seven hours of presentations from City department heads and discussion among Council members at meetings on Saturday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 12, and included consideration of possible new initiatives for the City to undertake.
Facing numerous financial challenges—including the funding of MSU emergency services and substantial employee-related costs—City of East Lansing staffers and City Council members convened Saturday morning for a special budget meeting. The meeting, held at Hannah Community Center, included an overview of the City’s budget, a review of the City’s General Fund five-year forecast and discussion of preliminary budget assumptions for fiscal year 2017.
This Tuesday’s East Lansing City Council meeting began with a special presentation to recognize citizens who had recently completed serving two full terms on a City Board or Commission.
East Lansing’s municipal government encourages the active participation of its citizens through appointments to its 23 boards and commissions. These groups have varying scopes and responsibilities, with some meeting frequently and others annually or only as needed.