Downtown Development Authority

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.

What’s Up with East Lansing’s Big Construction Projects?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mayor Mark Meadows says the Royal Vlahakis project is "going real slow." What does the developer say, and what's up with the big projects already under construction in downtown East Lansing? We bring you updates on them all. 

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?

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