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New Public Art, Becoming a Bike-Friendly City, and Much More at Council

Friday, May 27, 2016

This is your weekly Council Capsule, summarizing what happened this week at East Lansing’s City Council.

New building along Valley Court Park to have large art display: To address the “percent for art” requirement, the building under construction at 300 West Grand River Avenue (just west of Biggby Coffee and just south of Valley Court Park) will see the addition of a large art installation as shown above.

Latest TIF Plan Sharply Limited to Environmental Clean-Up

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Above: the project site at the northeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Spartan Avenue.

The East Lansing City Council voted yesterday on both the site plan and Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan for the White Oak Place project at Spartan and Grand River Avenues (just west of Brookfield Plaza). But in both cases, what the Council approved was significantly different from what the developer had proposed.

Parks Millage Looks Unlikely to Be on November Ballot

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As a key Parks millage is due to expire later this year, East Lansing’s City Council held a tense conversation about whether the upcoming November election is the right time to try to get East Lansing voters to renew that millage. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Council Tackles Roads, Water, and Sewer Budgets

Thursday, May 12, 2016

 

On Tuesday this week, the East Lansing City Council held its third special meeting on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which focused on the Major and Local Street Funds, Sanitation Fund, and Water Fund.

Council Gets Update on Demolition, Discusses Crowdfunding Infrastructure, Authorizes Sidewalk Charges

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Above: Some of the vacant buildings downtown set to be demolished this year.

Every week, East Lansing Info (ELi) sends one or more reporters to City Council to bring you a complete "Council Capsule."

Permit parking debate reaches some resolution: Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was again dominated by the issue of residential parking permits (RPP), the only item on the Business Agenda. See our special separate report on that.

East Lansing Missing Out on Millions a Year from BWL

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 

The City of East Lansing has been missing out on income that could have amounted to millions of dollars per year because—unlike every other municipality that has electric service provided to it by the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL)—East Lansing has been lacking a franchise agreement with BWL. While required by state law, that franchise agreement has been missing for East Lansing for over a hundred years.

Proposed 2017 City Budget Includes Cuts and Fee Hikes

Friday, April 15, 2016

On Tuesday evening, at the East Lansing City Council’s first special meeting to consider the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, City Manager George Lahanas told the Council that the City staff spent the last four weeks developing the proposed budget for the year running from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. It is now up to the Council to spend the next four to five weeks in deliberations on the matter. The Council currently plans to adopt the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget on May 24, 2016.

Council to Consider Large New Apartment Complex

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Above: Artist’s rendering of the proposed project as seen looking east from Spartan Avenue

If two votes go as expected, tonight East Lansing’s City Council will set a pair of public hearings for April 12 to consider a site plan and tax increment financing (TIF) plan for a major new apartment complex near Hagadorn Road. If built as planned, the project, a six-story mixed-used development to be named White Oak Place, will sit on the corner of East Grand River and Spartan Avenues, just west of Brookfield Plaza.

Bicyclists Concerned about Rapid Transit Plan

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.

City Gets Grant to Demolish Vacant Downtown Building

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority has granted the City of East Lansing its request for $99,000 to demolish the vacant, blighted “little bank building” at the corner of Abbot Road and Albert Street, shown above.

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