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Downtown Businesses “Panicking” Over Construction-Related Downturn

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The downturn in business caused by Center City District construction has cost local small downtown businesses millions of dollars and may yet cause the death of several, one local business owner told East Lansing’s City Council last night. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Site Plan Approved for Vacant Corner – But Uncertainty Remains

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reviewing the proposal formally for the first time, East Lansing's City Council voted 4-0 last night to approve DRW/Convexity's latest plans for the vacant lots downtown. What was approved, and why can't construction start now? ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

What’s Going On at the Empty Lot Next to Peoples Church?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Readers are asking why they’re seeing contractor trucks at the empty, fenced-in lot next to People’s Church, when East Lansing's City Council is not set to review the latest redevelopment site plan until tonight. ELi investigates.

Last-Minute Questions about the Income Tax Proposal

Monday, August 6, 2018

Could Council Members look at your income tax returns? Is the "Yes" side going to return the marijuana industry donations? Is the "No" side making factual misrepresentations? We've got answers to your last-minute income tax proposal questions.

East Lansing Government Needs More Service Volunteers

Friday, August 3, 2018

East Lansing government regularly experiences vacancies on volunteer City boards and commissions. ELi's Jessy Gregg explains an array of the City's volunteer boards and commissions, and tells you how to apply.

Council Passes New Sign Code, Debates Electronic Signs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Following the owner of Red Cedar Spirits urging City Council to pass the new sign code, Council did so in a 4-1 vote — but not without debate on the place of electronic signs in East Lansing. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Old Whitehills Beats Medical Center Again

Monday, July 23, 2018

Facing strong opposition from Old Whitehills, neurosurgeon Christopher Abood has withdrawn his attempt to get more parking at his medical center on Saginaw Street. The mayor expressed displeasure at how things have gone at the location. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Following Bankruptcy, Burcham Solar Plan Continues

Friday, July 20, 2018

Burcham Park is back on track to become the site of a community solar array. ELi's Andrew Graham tells you about the bankruptcy that led to more delays of the project, and the plan for monitoring the "retired landfill" while going solar.

Whistleblower: “Everyone Else Pays for Their Own Sidewalk”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If East Lansing's City Attorney doesn't have to pay for his sidewalk, why should the City make you pay for yours? A whistleblower is now pushing that question in federal court. ELi investigates the latest claims and counter-claims in the case.

Income Tax Exemption Was Wrong and Has To Be Fixed

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

East Lansing’s City Council had the income tax exemption wrong when voters went to the ballot last November. Now Council has to fix the issue before the August 7 vote. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Downtown Albert Avenue Project Comes Out of Limbo

Friday, June 22, 2018

That downtown redevelopment project that went into limbo following Council’s inaction on it? This week, it squeaked by, but not without some debate. ELi's Andrew Graham reports.

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