Downtown Development Authority

Big Decision on Royal Vlahakis Deal Is Coming

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Will East Lansing’s DDA vote to keep working with developers Royal Vlahakis? Or will they decide to move on now, and let other developers propose projects for the area just north of Peoples Church? ELi's Alice Dreger explains the big decision coming this week.

Big Downtown Project’s Public Spaces Won’t Match What Was Approved

Thursday, April 18, 2019

New revisions to East Lansing's Center City District project's design mean that the public spaces won’t be constructed as they had been designed and advertised during the approval process. ELi's Alice Dreger explains with illustrations plus a report of what was said at Council this week.

More Bad News for the Royal Vlahakis Proposal

Friday, April 12, 2019

Local landlord/developer Matt Hagan won’t sell his property on Evergreen Avenue to the Royal Vlahakis development team. Hagan tells ELi why, and we explain the significance.

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.

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.

Downtown Businesses to Citizens: Now Is the Time

Friday, March 22, 2019

Owners and managers of downtown shops, restaurants, and services have a clear message for the people of East Lansing: We want you! ELi talked with them to bring you their view of the scene downtown as big construction continues.

Revealed: Who the City Notified about the eBay Land Sale

Friday, March 15, 2019

The City has released one list showing who staff notified about an eBay auction of a major public asset. Former Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero didn't make the list, but showed up on the scene a day before the auction closed. What else have we now learned about this controversial million-dollar deal?

Vibrant Debate Surrounds Increasing Building Heights Downtown

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why are so many Planning Commissioners against an ordinance allowing 160-foot-tall buildings downtown, and why are a majority of Downtown Development Authority members for it? As Council Members prepare to decide, ELi's Chris Root explains.

Project with No-Bid, Exclusive Contract on Public Land Is Still Missing Parts

Monday, March 11, 2019

In the hopes of solving a major public debt, East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority gave a no-bid exclusive deal to developers Royal Vlahakis. But investigation by ELi shows the developers still haven't submitted key components of the $190 million proposal. Meanwhile, the required public debt payments are about to ramp up.

Scooter Regulations and Fees Adopted in East Lansing

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Electric scooters will now be limited to 10 m.p.h. on sidewalks under a new law in East Lansing, although the police chief warns that rule is effectively unenforceable. What else did City Council decide about scooter regulation? ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Decision on Historic District Pushed Off to April

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Oakwood Historic District boundary will not change until at least April, as citizens, Council Members, and the State Historic Preservation Office have lots of questions about the process and the recommendations. ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

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