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Amid Scrum, Three East Lansing Marijuana Retail Plans Recommended

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hyenas at a carcass: that's how one citizen described the scene at Planning Commission last night, as marijuana businesses scrambled to obtain the lucrative right to open a provisioning center in East Lansing. ELi's Dan Totzkay and Ann Nichols report.

Council Votes Down Ordinance Designed to Help Park Place

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Park Place proposal took something of a hit last night, with Shanna Draheim and Aaron Stephens insisting on a more comprehensive approach to the question of big buildings downtown. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City Council to Decide on Economic Development Plan

Monday, January 21, 2019

The City of East Lansing is looking to take a more conscious and more aggressive approach to economic development. What would that look like? Brad Minor and Alice Dreger report for ELi.

Park Place Officially Proposed; Public Comment Now Sought

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The $190 million Park Place project, proposed by Vlahakis Development and Royal Apartments, would be the largest and tallest of three major redevelopments in a one-block radius. ELi explains what’s in the long-awaited formal proposal, and what’s still missing.

Renderings Versus Reality in East Lansing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Developers like to show pretty pictures as they ask for City Council approval. Here at ELi, your public service nonpartisan news source, we like to bring reality to bear. Have a look?

Draheim Is “Really Conflicted” about Park Place Proposal

Monday, January 14, 2019

Along with Council Member Aaron Stephens, Shanna Draheim is expressing concerns about the size of the proposed Park Place project. But Member Erik Altmann and developer Paul Vlahakis say the size makes sense for downtown East Lansing.

Park Place Redevelopment Proposal Is Full of Surprises

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Park Place proposal as submitted by the developers for downtown East Lansing is full of surprises. ELi's Alice Dreger unpacks it, answers reader questions about the proposal, and tells you what's coming in the review process.

Clock Starts Ticking for Considering Controversial Court Consolidation

Monday, December 31, 2018

Outgoing Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill that starts the clock ticking on negotiations over a locally-controversial court consolidation. Separated jury pools? Cost savings, really? Courts moved?  We have a special report from ELi's Chris Root.

Fire Chief Introduces New Hires, Two Made Possible by Income Tax

Thursday, December 27, 2018

East Lansing's Fire Chief Randy Talifarro introduced three new Firefighter Paramedics and one highly-trained Lieutenant to the City Council and briefly spoke about finances and diversity in terms of the new hires. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City Says It Can’t Find “Park Place” Site Plan

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

ELi asked for the Park Place site plan application, which was supposed to have been submitted December 17, under the Freedom of Information Act. But the City says it can't easily locate it. What's the story?

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