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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.

Now Comes a 14-Story Building for East Lansing?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Park Place project concept keeps getting bigger, now including a 14-story building on Abbot Road and a 12-story building overlooking Valley Court Park. A site plan hasn't been submitted, but a major contract on the deal may be signed tomorrow.

Something for Nothing in Park Place Deal?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Could developers tie up the debt-ridden, publicly-owned Evergreen Avenue properties for eight more months with an exclusive purchase agreement, and wind up paying nothing for the privilege? Looks like it.

What If the Center City Developers Don’t Build the Senior Housing?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The $132 million public-private deal known as the Center City District project is designed to have 92 rental apartments for people aged 55 and up. That's not because of high market demand. So what happens if the developers don't build that housing? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Objections Raised to Expansion of Historic District Boundaries

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The public hearing on the possible redrawing of the Oakwood Historic District boundaries brought forward criticisms of possible expansion and complaints about inadequate communication on the matter. ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

The Wait Is Over: Construction Will Start on Vacant Corner

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Today marks a day some thought would never come. The redevelopment project for the vacant corner downtown has officially obtained all approvals. Construction will soon start. ELi's Dan Totzkay and Alice Dreger report.

You Want to Know What's Coming?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

We have news, so much news, and we don't want to wait until after Thanksgiving break to let you in on it.

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