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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Image: Artist’s rendering of the planned building for 565 East Grand River Avenue (where the old Taco Bell building now is).
Developer David Krause is asking East Lansing’s City Council to approve a tax increment financing (TIF) plan of about $1.45 million, saying he cannot build a planned new retail and apartment building downtown without public financial support.