Red Cedar Developers Seek Permission to Work Around-the-Clock Near City Border

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 3:48 pm
Alice Dreger

Above: Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows.

Mayor Mark Meadows warned last night at City Council that developers undertaking the large Red Cedar redevelopment project just over East Lansing’s western border are looking for permission from the City of Lansing to work around the clock.

Staff from the City of Lansing confirmed for ELi today that this is indeed the case.

This could mean nonstop construction noise for people who live in that area between Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Street, near the Skyvue apartments.

A public hearing on September 23 on the extended work hour request will give the public a chance to weigh in.

The Red Cedar development project constitutes a $250 million public/private partnership between Lansing and developers Frank Kass and MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson for acreage that used to house a public golf course.

As the State News has reported, the project is set to include “two hotels, a student housing complex with 1,100 beds, a multi-family housing complex, a restaurant and an assisted-living senior village.”

The project has been controversial in part because it involves a massive drain project, and the politics around the Ingham County Drain Commission – headed for years by Pat Lindemann – run deep.

The use of $50 million in tax increment financing (TIF) for the project has also been controversial.

Lansing City Council’s Office Manager Sherrie Boak tells ELi that “the process for a Noise Waiver has begun” with Lansing’s Council.

Andy Kilpatrick, Lansing’s Public Service Department Director, has received a request from the developers. They are asking to have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week from September 23 through November 30.

Thereafter, they want to be able to work from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The developers say that “The extended work hours are required in the initial phase due to the significant earthwork operation needed to prepare the building pads, removing them from the floodplain and to prepare the site for the forthcoming winter conditions ensuring the vertical construction continues.”

They also say that a delay could mean “missing the commitments of the Brownfield [TIF] Plan and the Development Agreement previously approved by City Council.” (Read the letter here.)

The public hearing on the Noise Wavier will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, and Lansing’s City Council “has been asked to take action the same night.”

See the resolution about the public hearing here.

The Council’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Lansing City Council Chambers on the 10th Floor of Lansing’s City Hall. The email address for Lansing’s City Council is © 2013-2020 East Lansing Info