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Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Approves Trowbridge Developer’s Request

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted at its meeting on September 25 to favorably recommend to the City Council a second amendment to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan requested by River Caddis Development for the Trowbridge Road development that is underway.

Trowbridge Developer Threatens to Stop Project Unless Tax Incentives Increase

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In a dramatic plea to East Lansing’s City Council Tuesday night, River Caddis Development principal Kevin McGraw asked Council to increase the tax incentives for his project at Trowbridge Plaza. McGraw said that because of unexpected costs, a tax calculation error (for which he alternately blamed only himself and the city assessor as well), and his agreement with City Council to build to only four stories instead of five, his profit margin has dropped to single-digits.

City and Neighborhood Differ Strongly on Bailey Daycare

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The possible closing of the daycare program at Bailey Community Center will be discussed tonight at City Council's work session, and tensions are expected to be high. Many members of the Bailey neighborhood have been strongly opposed to the possible closing, partly out of fear that the move is a step towards the City closing and possibly selling off the Community Center building altogether.

Trowbridge Developer Seeking Additional Tax Incentive from City

Monday, September 22, 2014

The developer rehabbing the Trowbridge Plaza site, formerly the home of Goodrich Shop-Rite, is asking for a substantially larger tax assistance plan than the one to which East Lansing’s City Council previously agreed. His request will come before City Council at their work session tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23. The Red Cedar Community Association, the neighborhood in which the project resides, has "strongly urge[d] a rejection of this request" in a letter to Concil.

Planning Commission to Review 10-Story Proposal from Controversial Developer Wednesday

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When large development projects come before East Lansing's Planning Commission for possible approval, citizens are normally alerted by a public hearing notice. Because the proposed ten-story downtown building being reviewed this Wednesday at 7 pm at Planning Commission has been previously discussed, no such notice is required to be issued and many citizens appear unaware that a major decision may be made this Wednesday on this project. In public discussions around the plan, some citizens strongly favor any possible progress at the long-blighted site, at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue. Others have serious reservations about the proposed plan, including in terms of: the size of the proposed building; the ability of the area to manage the associated increase of car traffic; and the developer, PDIG, a company with a principal owner who has caused concern for the failed last go-around at the site, as well as for problems with projects in other cities.

City Attorney: City Manager Can Use City Publications to Sway Voters

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In a memo to City Council today, City Attorney Thomas M. Yeadon has advised that the City Manager may use taxpayer-funded City publications to try to sway voters on ballot measures and even elections. According to Yeadon during a discussion at City Council this evening, the City Manager may even use his "Manager's Message" column in the City newsletter Dialog to endorse a candidate for governor if he so wishes.

East Lansing Voters to Decide whether to Allow City to Sell Land for Park District Redevelopment

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Map highliting the parking lots on the ballot initiative

On August 6, the City Council voted to put a question on the November 4 ballot asking the electorate to authorize the City to sell three parking lots needed for redevelopment of the west end of downtown leading down to Valley Court Park, an area being called “the Park District.”

This authorization will only pass if 60% of the voters vote for it; the City Charter requires that a super-majority of voters approve sale of public properties of this value. 


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