Downtown Development Authority

East Lansing’s Newest, Biggest Proposal Draws Mixed Reactions

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Peoples Church and the Planning Commission seemed generally chilly, the Downtown Development Authority mostly warmer, and City Council decidedly mixed in reaction to the Royal Vlahakis redevelopment proposal this week. What was asked and said?

More Answers to Your Questions on the Big New Proposal

Friday, January 25, 2019

How tall would it be really? Are they really going to use a public park for private development? How is this even under review without the landowner's permission? We have more answers to your questions about the Royal Vlahakis proposal.

DRW Convexity Project at Blighted Corner Is Back On Track

Thursday, January 24, 2019

DRW Convexity's project for East Lansing’s long-blighted vacant downtown corner is back on track. The developers have secured foundation permits for the first and biggest of the three new buildings to be constructed.

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.

Answers to Questions about the Park Place Proposal

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What will the shadows be like? Why do the developers say "14 stories" when the building has 15? And what's with that tax incentive plan? We have some answers to your questions.

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.

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.

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?

DDA Unanimously Approves Contract with Park Place Developers

Friday, December 14, 2018

East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority has unanimously approved an exclusive contract with the Park Place developers and, contrary to a Planning Commission decision, recommends that 140-foot-tall buildings be allowed in more places. ELi's Chris Root reports.

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