Development and Planning

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.

Beier Explains Why She Hasn’t Said Much Lately

Thursday, December 13, 2018

East Lansing City Council Member Ruth Beier took a few minutes at a recent meeting to explain why she hasn't been speaking much at Council. We bring you the video with a summary from Jessy Gregg.

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.

Seniors Sought for Planned Downtown Rental Apartments

Monday, December 3, 2018

Developers of the Center City District project, under construction downtown, are now actively seeking people aged 55 and up who are interested in renting apartments on the project’s north side. What will they cost, and how large will they be?

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.

Committee Proposes Historic District Boundary Changes

Monday, November 26, 2018

A public hearing this Wednesday will center on whether Oakwood Historic District should be changed. Which properties are involved, and what would the effect be? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

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.

Ask ELi: Burcham Solar Park Finally Happening?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Solar panels? A sculpture? A reader wrote to ask us about what's happening at the long-awaited Burcham solar park. We bring you a fresh photo and the story as reported by ELi's Paige Filice.

Altmann Pushes to Require EV Chargers in Private Parking Lots

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A new ordinance could require installation of electric vehicle charging stations for all new East Lansing site plans with private parking lots for 50 cars or more. The cost would be incurred by private property owners. Eli's Dan Totzkay reports.

Form Based Code: Boon or Boondoggle for East Lansing?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Would a new kind of zoning code under consideration – one that prescribes specific architectural requirements – be a boon or a boondoggle for our City? And which neighborhoods might be affected? ELi's Alice Dreger and Jessy Gregg bring you a special report.

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