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Council Capsule: June 2, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Image: East Lansing's City Council last night

Watch Council: You can watch the video of yesterday’s Council meeting for yourself by clicking here. (You can skip right to the part you are interested in by clicking on the item of interest in the table of contents below the video.)

ASK ELi: How Much TIF Is There?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Image: The new commercial and apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza, built with TIF support.

NOTE: Since this article was published, another $1.5 million TIF was approved; read more.

Today’s question for “Ask ELi to Investigate,” which arrived to us on May 6 from a reader, is: "Could someone please calculate how much revenue is lost to East Lansing each year due to prior TIF financing, and how this is different from welfare?"

West Village Owners Object to DTN's Gateway Project

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Above: West Village 2 condo townhouses, which neighbor the empty lot at issue

When the West Village 2 townhouse condos were built at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue, the plan for the large lot just to the east was for a building that would house still more owner-occupied condos. The building was supposed to have commercial space on the ground floor and nineteen apartment-style condos above, restricted to owner occupancy.

Council Capsule: March 24, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Image: City Council meeting last night

This was a work session of Council so it was not videotaped or broadcast. Audio tape of the meeting is availble on the City's website.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods

Council Capsule: March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Image: Centennial sculpture, courtesy City of East Lansing

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmember Kathy Boyle

Absent: Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods

Council Capsule: February 24, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Image: City Council last night

All councilmembers were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Hotel Suddenly Gone from Downtown Development Plan

Friday, January 23, 2015

Image: The previous plan for Building A, which was to include a hotel and to be 10 stories

Plans to put an upscale boutique hotel in “Building A”—the building PDIG is proposing to erect at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue—have fallen through. PDIG has informed the Downtown Development Authority there will be no hotel after all—and the building will be eight stories rather than ten.

City Wants Council, Not Public, to Decide Land Sales

Friday, January 16, 2015

Image: City Manager George Lahanas, courtesy City of East Lansing

City staff are moving to get a East Lansing City Charter amendment on the ballot for May 5 that would change how some public land sales happen—taking the power from the ballot box and giving it to a simple majority of City Council.

At City Council this week, City Manager George Lahanas told Council the current Charter provision is outdated and restrictive.

PDIG Plan Now Exceeds $100M with $32M in Tax Incentives

Friday, January 16, 2015

Image: The corner where PDIG seeks to construct the 10-story "Building A"

The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is moving forward on controversial developer PDIG’s plans for the blighted area downtown. Two major buildings in the area are now estimated together to cost $101 million, and local government is considering $32 million in tax incentives for the project area. At a public DDA meeting yesterday, details emerged on the Tax Increment Financing plan as well as the development agreement being made between the developer and the City.

West Village Area Proposal Coming from DTN

Friday, January 16, 2015

Photo courtesy of Google street view

Local developer DTN Management is set to present a new plan for the empty lot at the northwest corner of West Grand River Avenue and Delta Street, next to the West Village Condos. The empty lot is shown above; to the west are the West Village townhouses, and to the north, Valley Court Park.

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