Development and Planning

Big Decision on Royal Vlahakis Deal Is Coming

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Will East Lansing’s DDA vote to keep working with developers Royal Vlahakis? Or will they decide to move on now, and let other developers propose projects for the area just north of Peoples Church? ELi's Alice Dreger explains the big decision coming this week.

Big Downtown Project’s Public Spaces Won’t Match What Was Approved

Thursday, April 18, 2019

New revisions to East Lansing's Center City District project's design mean that the public spaces won’t be constructed as they had been designed and advertised during the approval process. ELi's Alice Dreger explains with illustrations plus a report of what was said at Council this week.

Ask ELi: Why Would You Want to Live in a Historic District?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Why would any sane person want to own a house restricted by East Lansing's historic district regulations? ELi's Alice Dreger, who lives in the Oakwood Historic District, explains some of the common reasons given.

More Bad News for the Royal Vlahakis Proposal

Friday, April 12, 2019

Local landlord/developer Matt Hagan won’t sell his property on Evergreen Avenue to the Royal Vlahakis development team. Hagan tells ELi why, and we explain the significance.

Is the Royal Vlahakis Deal Really Falling Apart?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Developers Royal Vlahakis are hoping to change their proposal to satisfy decision-makers. But will the DDA now open up bidding on the publicly-owned properties to see what other developers might offer? ELi's Alice Dreger takes a look at what we know.

Myriad Developments from Council Meeting - But No Answer on Land Sale

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Changes to site plans of both the Graduate Hotel and Center City. Talk of the demise of the Royal Vlahakis proposal. Questions dodged (again) about that million-dollar eBay land sale. ELi's Alice Dreger brings you news from Tuesday night's Council meeting.

Council Mandates EV Charging Stations on Some Private Properties

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

At the suggestion of Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann, Council has voted unanimously to require private property owners to install electric vehicle charging stations in some parking lots. The decision comes not without controversy. ELi’s Brad Minor reports.

Council Votes 4-1 to Halve Distance Between Dispensaries in Most Areas

Friday, March 29, 2019

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Shanna Draheim was the sole "nay" vote on an ordinance that cut the necessary distance between marijuana dispensaries from 1000 to 500 feet in three of four areas where they are legally permitted. Ann Nichols and Mark Meyer have the story.

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