Local Businesses

Downtown Businesses “Panicking” Over Construction-Related Downturn

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The downturn in business caused by Center City District construction has cost local small downtown businesses millions of dollars and may yet cause the death of several, one local business owner told East Lansing’s City Council last night. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Site Plan Approved for Vacant Corner – But Uncertainty Remains

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reviewing the proposal formally for the first time, East Lansing's City Council voted 4-0 last night to approve DRW/Convexity's latest plans for the vacant lots downtown. What was approved, and why can't construction start now? ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

Lansing Quick to Help Business After East Lansing Says No

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

After reading ELi's report of a business struggling to relocate to East Lansing, Lansing leaders interested in economic development have hastened to help the business stay in that city. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

College Hunks Struggles to Locate in East Lansing

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

It’s not always easy to find a place to do business in East Lansing. ELi's Jessy Gregg brings the story of two old friends looking to relocate their business here, in their own community.

It’s Official: The Landmark Is Student Housing

Friday, July 27, 2018

What had been sold as a way to bring diverse renters downtown is now being openly advertised as a "purpose-built student housing community" featuring "a ridiculous rooftop deck.” ELi's Alice Dreger and Andrew Graham report.

GameStop Holds Free Call of Duty Tournament This Weekend

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In an age of online everything, East Lansing's GameStop remains open and busy. As a thank-you to the community, the shop is holding regular free events, including a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 tournament on July 28 and 29. ELi's Sarah Spohn reports.

Council Passes New Sign Code, Debates Electronic Signs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Following the owner of Red Cedar Spirits urging City Council to pass the new sign code, Council did so in a 4-1 vote — but not without debate on the place of electronic signs in East Lansing. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Whistleblower: “Everyone Else Pays for Their Own Sidewalk”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If East Lansing's City Attorney doesn't have to pay for his sidewalk, why should the City make you pay for yours? A whistleblower is now pushing that question in federal court. ELi investigates the latest claims and counter-claims in the case.

What’s Going On with Developments Downtown?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Punk Taco and Cosmos coming to town? Dublin Square redeveloped? Biggby changing locations and getting a drive-through? ELi brings you the latest on developments in downtown East Lansing.