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Council Capsule: November 24, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Image of City Council courtesy City of East Lansing.

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Susan Woods.

ASK ELi: Have TIFs Been Rejected?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Above: Photo of Albert Place Condos when they were being built on the site of a planned project whose TIF plan was earlier rejected by the State.

Some residents are wondering if all requests from developers for tax increment financing (TIF) in East Lansing are ultimately approved. There has been at least one plan rejected in the recent past, as explained below.

ASK ELi: How Are TIF Proposals Managed in East Lansing

Friday, October 16, 2015

Photo: Recent groundbreaking ceremony for the project now called “300 Grand,” formerly known as “The Gateway.” In the photo, members of the DDA/BRA, which approved a $1.9 million TIF for this project, include DTN’s Colin Cronin (third from left) and Mayor Nathan Triplett (second from right).

ASK ELi: City's AAA Rating?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Above: East Lansing's Finance Director, Mary Haskell (courtesy City of East Lansing)

An ELi reader wrote to ask:

One city council candidate keeps referring to East Lansing as having achieved a triple A financial rating This has caused us to ponder a number of related questions.

City Hall and Court to Be Locked Down

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Image: Plan for the new security entry system to City Hall and 54-B District Court

East Lansing City staff are recommending to City Council that hundreds of thousands of dollars be spent creating a new security system for our City Hall and court building. Under the proposal, all visitors to City Hall and the court would have to go through a metal detector staffed by an officer, whether visitors are coming to attend public meetings, pay real estate taxes or parking tickets, or serve on a jury.

Council Capsule: September 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Above: artist’s rendering of a planned duplex for 6170 Abbot Road.

All present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Amended Bailey Site Plan Gets City-Level Approval

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The goal is to restore the historic exterior of the old Bailey school, replace a newer one-story addition with a three-story addition, and create low-traffic commercial space (possibly including a daycare) and 25 senior independent living rental apartments.

Council Appears Set to Approve $1.4 Million TIF in 3-2 Vote

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Above: Artist’s rendering of the planned building at 565 East Grand River Avenue, at the northwest corner of Bailey Street and Grand River Avenue. (Does not show the controversial plaza, which would use the current third lane of Bailey Street, closest to the building.)

Council Capsule: September 8, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Above: City Council’s meeting last night; from left, Planning Director Tim Dempsey, City Manager George Lahanas, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Diane Goddeeris, Nathan Triplett, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

All present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Council Concerned about Plan for Bailey Park

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Above: The Bailey Community Center as seen from the west.

City Council’s meeting this week did not see the smooth sailing that had been hoped by all for the Capital Area Housing Partnership’s (CAHP’s) plan for redevelopment of the Bailey Community Center.

Council Capsule: September 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Above (left to right): Officer Sarah Campbell, Officer Shelby Humphries, Captain Larry Sparkes, and Chief Jeff Murphy of the ELPD at Council last night.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmember Ruth Beier.

Absent: Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

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