Development and Planning

COUNCIL CAPSULE: July 7, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Image: East Lansing City Council’s first of two meetings this week

This Tuesday, there were two Council meetings, one “work session” and a “regular session.” This Council Capsule combines the two.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Woods were present, with Beier arriving about ten minutes late to the work session. Councilmember Susan Woods was absent from both meetings.

Council Approves Eastside 6-Story Project; Developer to Seek Brownfield TIF

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Image: Architect’s drawing of the structure planned for the northwest corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues

East Lansing’s City Council has approved a proposal to build a new six-story building at the northwest corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues, and the developer says he will soon be back to ask for Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to help finance construction.

New Project to Reflect Broad Museum, Seek TIF

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Image: Architect’s rendering of the plan for 565 East Grand River

Council last night considered plans for a new downtown development that aims architecturally to reflect the Broad Museum, which stands kitty-corner to the site. The developer told Council last night he plans to seek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and said he wants to know more about what Councilmembers want in the project before he proceeds.

Council Approves New Building on Meijer Lot Over Neighborhood Objections

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Above: Architect’s drawing of the planned new building

Over strong objections from people who live across from the project site, East Lansing’s City Council last night approved plans for a new Lake Trust Credit Union building on the southeast corner of the Lake Lansing Meijer parking lot. The vote was 4-0 in favor.

Campaign Disclosures Reveal Donations by Companies with Business before Council

Friday, July 3, 2015

Image: Nathan Triplett and Susan Woods during the Council debate last November on campaign donation disclosure

As ELi previously reported as part of our regular, in-depth City Council coverage for our readers, last November the current City Council debated “how, if at all, it should work to make sure East Lansing citizens know from whom Councilmembers have taken campaign contributions.”

Council Capsule: June 23, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Image: Project proposed for the corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues.

Listen to Council: You can listen to an audiotape of this week’s City Council meeting for yourself by clicking here, going down to the section on “City Council Work Sessions,” and clicking on “audio” for the meeting of June 23, 2015. Because this was called a “work session” and not a regular meeting, it was not live-broadcast nor was it videotaped.

Council Capsule: June 16, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Image: City Council last night

Watch Council: You can watch a videotape of yesterday’s Council meeting for yourself by clicking here.

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

Absent: Mayor Nathan Triplett was absent because he was meeting with Delta Township about the Lansing area Taxi Authority.

Owner Asks for Downtown House to Be De-Landmarked

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Note: For a follow-up on this story, click here.

City Council will tonight review a request from an owner of a downtown house that currently has Landmark Designation to have that designation revoked, and to also remove it from an East Lansing historic district. Objections are being raised by those who say the house is of substantial historical significance to East Lansing.

Trowbridge Developer Fixing Fire Suppression Issue

Friday, June 5, 2015

According to an email message yesterday sent from Tim Dempsey, Director of Planning for the City of East Lansing, to City Manager George Lahanas, a recent inspection of the new residential apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza turned up “insufficient fire separation between the commercial and residential spaces (first floor and second floor).”

ASK ELi: Who Funded Susan Woods' Campaign?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Image of Susan Woods is courtesy City of East Lansing

A reader asks: Who funded Susan Woods’ campaign?

Some background: The reader who asked this question did so because he was frustrated with Susan Woods’ voting record on major redevelopment projects that have come before City Council since she was elected on November 4, 2013. A resident of the Bailey neighborhood and the Director of the East Lansing Film Festival, Woods has consistently voted in support of developers.

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