Development and Planning

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Has Hotel Indigo Pulled Out?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Each week at ELi, we take a question from a reader, investigate the answer, and bring you the result on Friday.

This week’s question from a reader: Did the failure of the parking lot sale authorization on Election Day cause Hotel Indigo to pull out of its plan to be a tenant in the proposed “Building A” in the Park District?

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 18, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

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

Absent: Mayor Nathan Triplett.

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why Did People Vote Yes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week’s “Ask ELi to Investigate” is a follow-up to last week when we looked at why people voted “no” on the question of authorizing City Council to sell three parking lots. Today we’re looking at why 4,858 people (about 56.6% of those who voted) voted “yes.”

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Why Did People Vote No?

Friday, November 7, 2014

What were the 3,728 people who voted “no” thinking? That’s the question we’re tackling this week in “Ask ELi to Investigate”—why enough East Lansing voters said “no” (to authorizing City Council to sell three parking lots) to cause the measure to fail. We think gathering answers to this question could help citizens, City officials, and developers understand what happened as the City goes forward from here.

Fall-Out from the No Vote

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tonight at City Council, Mayor Nathan Triplett spoke with disappointment about yesterday’s failed vote to authorize City Council to proceed without the need for further direct-voter-approval on developer DTN’s Park District proposal. But City Manager George Lahanas said he saw the vote as sending an important reminder or message to City Council and the City planning staff.

Parking Lot Ballot Initiative Too Close To Call

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

With 100% of the East Lansing Clinton County votes counted, and 94% of East Lansing Ingham County precinct's (16 of 17) votes counted, the parking lot sale ballot initiative appears too close to call.  Note that this means 94% of precincts have reported votes, and NOT that 94% of the votes have been counted.

The vote count at this point is 5,163 Yes (57%) and 3,891 No (43%).  A 60% Yes vote is required for the initiative to pass.

A more detailed article will be published shortly.  ELi is awaiting word from the City Clerk with a final vote tally.

Will Project Really End If Vote is No?

Monday, November 3, 2014

A major point of contention between proponents of “yes” and of “no” votes is whether the Park District project put forth by DTN Management will go forward if the voters vote “no” tomorrow on the authorization of City Council to sell three parking lots. (ELi has explained separately why the blight at the corner of Grand River and Abbot is not the development at issue in this vote; read more here.)

Voters Consider Cost to City from Park District Projects

Friday, October 31, 2014

Image above: Plan rendering provided by DTN, looking west across Abbot Road from above City Hall toward Valley Court Park. The largest building is a planned 7-story parking ramp with a 10-story building wrapped around it. (This does not show the entire Park District area plan.)

What would a “yes” vote on the parking lot sales ballot question mean to East Lansing residents in terms of changes to our city’s debt and our city’s real estate tax revenue? That’s a question on the minds of many East Lansing residents as they go to the polls.

ASK ELi: Why Parking Lots Ballot Question Is NOT about the Blighted Corner

Friday, October 31, 2014

This week's Ask Eli tackles a question we've gotten in conversation with several readers one that can be summed up this way:

Does redevelopment of the blighted area at Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road depend on the parking lot sale ballot question passing?

The answer: The answer is an unequivocal "no." That is simply a different project.

Council Member Didn’t Know Her Mailer Was Paid for by Developer

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Council member Susan Woods says that when Mayor Nathan Triplett asked her to sign a letter going out to voters, she “had no knowledge that the mailer was financed by” a development corporation that stands to financially gain from the vote at issue.