Above: Image from yesterday's presentation by Capital Area Housing Partnership
About four dozen East Lansing residents, mostly from the Bailey neighborhood, attended a meeting at the Bailey Community Center yesterday to hear the Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) present plans for repurposing the building. People posed questions about various aspects of the early version of the plans, but no one raised serious objections and several residents made a point of expressing their support for the proposal.
New information from City staff has emerged on the past and possible future of the Bailey Community Center, just as the Capital Area Housing Partnership is moving to convene a public discussion this week about that organization’s vision for how to use the property.
The ice storm and power outage last winter exposed a need in East Lansing. Many seniors are physically unable to shovel their sidewalks and avoid receiving a ticket, and lack the means to pay others to remove snow and perform other small homeowner tasks. Seniors are also at risk during a power outage, or extreme cold weather, as they may not be able to ask for the help they need relative to maintaining health services. This need is being addressed by a variety of helpful residents.
The Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) of Owosso is offering a unique and relaxing way to see the fall colors of the Lower Peninsula: an all-day train tour. The SRI will be hosting a series of trips: October 4, round-trip from Cadillac to Boyne Fall; October 11, round-trip from Petoskey to Fife Lake; and October 18, round-trip from Mount Pleasant to Cadillac. The series’ migration south over October ensures great colors on each tour.
On August 6, the City Council voted to put a question on the November 4 ballot asking the electorate to authorize the City to sell three parking lots needed for redevelopment of the west end of downtown leading down to Valley Court Park, an area being called “the Park District.”
This authorization will only pass if 60% of the voters vote for it; the City Charter requires that a super-majority of voters approve sale of public properties of this value.