City Council

Is the Royal Vlahakis Deal Really Falling Apart?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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.

Myriad Developments from Council Meeting - But No Answer on Land Sale

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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.

In Controversies’ Shadows, Council Decides What to Ask of HUD

Monday, April 8, 2019

East Lansing's City Council is set to use a new method tomorrow night to decide what to ask for in terms of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. ELi's Alice Dreger explains what might be requested, and why it matters. 

Council Mandates EV Charging Stations on Some Private Properties

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

At the suggestion of Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann, Council has voted unanimously to require private property owners to install electric vehicle charging stations in some parking lots. The decision comes not without controversy. ELi’s Brad Minor reports.

Council Votes 4-1 to Halve Distance Between Dispensaries in Most Areas

Friday, March 29, 2019

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Shanna Draheim was the sole "nay" vote on an ordinance that cut the necessary distance between marijuana dispensaries from 1000 to 500 feet in three of four areas where they are legally permitted. Ann Nichols and Mark Meyer have the story.

Council Considers Mandating Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Monday, March 25, 2019

Council will likely vote Tuesday on a law aimed at mandating the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on some private properties. The draft ordinance has been controversial. ELi's Brad Minor reports on the Planning Commission's position.

Big Questions Remain on eBay Land Sale

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The City is looking to downplay concerns about the eBay auction of a million-dollar public property. But investigation by ELi and newly-released documents show big questions remain. What really happened?

Council Looking to Revamp City's Recreational Marijuana Ordinance

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

East Lansing's City Council is discussing ways to adjust the City's recreational marijuana laws in light of the state's recent legalization of the substance. One discussion point at the last work session was whether smoking pot in public should be a criminal offense or a civil infraction. ELi's Brad Minor reports.

Fired by East Lansing, Whistleblower Keeps Pushing

Monday, March 18, 2019

Troy Williams says the City of East Lansing fired him because they knew he wasn't going to shut up. And with nothing left to lose, he's definitely not shutting up. In a new interview with ELi, Williams describes more of what he's seen, and what he's hoping Governor Whitmer's team will do.

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