Senior Life

More Accessible Residential Options Now Required in East Lansing

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A new EL housing construction ordinance, based on input from the City's Senior Commission, requires developers of new large projects in certain parts of the city to construct more accessible housing units, requiring such generally-convenient features as wider doorways, lever door handles, and rocker light switches.

Proposed Park District Plans Revealed to Public

Monday, October 17, 2016

What's planned now for the Park District, and what do neighbors, including Peoples Church members, think of it? We sent reporter Ian Hoopingarner to Planning Commission to bring you back the full scoop.

Companies Told They Must Pay for Sidewalks on Coleman Road

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Residents on the northern edge of the City asked Council to require developers to install sidewalks along undeveloped properties on Coleman Road. This lead to a lively Council debate about balancing competing interests.

Senior Pets for Senior People offers affection and attention for all

Monday, July 18, 2016

Above: Linda Saloff, 69,  of East Lansing had never petted a kitten before because of a lifelong fear of cats. She overcame that fear at the Senior Pets for Senior People event Friday, stroking three-month-old Letty as she was held by Sydney Babcock, 16. 

Linda Saloff is 69 years old and for every single one of those years, she has been afraid of cats. Not allergic, not ambivalent, but fearful. Until today.

Market-Rate Senior Apartments Added to Bailey; Daycare May Happen

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 

Above: Architect’s drawings of the plans for the redevelopment of the Bailey Community Center showing north and south sides

On Tuesday night, East Lansing’s City Council approved changes to the redevelopment plan for the Bailey Community Center and heard from City staff about plans for a daycare, playground equipment, and parking. City Council voted 4-0 to approve a revised application from Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) for the property. (Mayor Mark Meadows was recused from the discussion and vote because he serves on the board of CAHP.)

March is National Reading Month: The Book Clubs of East Lansing

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

All over East Lansing there are book clubs, where book lovers unite regularly to discuss the assigned reading, and make lasting friendships along the way. Each club has its own story, and a set of dedicated members.

Methods of picking the books vary from group to group. Elizabeth Ramos and other members of the four or five-year-old club called simply “The Neighborhood Book Club” hold a “let’s pick our books” night, every year. “We all bring a book or two to lobby for,” Says Ramos. “We read a short synopsis of the book, and we usually talk a bit about it."

Council Tries to Shape City Via New Zoning Changes

Friday, February 5, 2016

Townhouses on Albert Street (above), photo courtesy of Hagan Realty

In a pair of unanimous votes, this week East Lansing’s City Council put through a group of zoning changes that appear designed to encourage more housing for non-students in high-density areas of the City and to discourage housing of large number of students in single dwelling units.

Bailey Project Awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Image: artist’s rendering of the proposed daycare space as would exist at the redeveloped Bailey Community Center

The Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) is one step closer to redeveloping the Bailey Community Center as planned. The City of East Lansing announced on behalf of the group today that CAHP “has officially received a Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding reservation from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)” for the project.

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