Center City District

Is ELFD Prepared for Tall Buildings? And Who Will Pay?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Is East Lansing's Fire Department ready for all these tall buildings? And who will pay for the cost of public services for these structures? ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger answer our readers' questions.

Park Place Officially Proposed; Public Comment Now Sought

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The $190 million Park Place project, proposed by Vlahakis Development and Royal Apartments, would be the largest and tallest of three major redevelopments in a one-block radius. ELi explains what’s in the long-awaited formal proposal, and what’s still missing.

Renderings Versus Reality in East Lansing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Developers like to show pretty pictures as they ask for City Council approval. Here at ELi, your public service nonpartisan news source, we like to bring reality to bear. Have a look?

Draheim Is “Really Conflicted” about Park Place Proposal

Monday, January 14, 2019

Along with Council Member Aaron Stephens, Shanna Draheim is expressing concerns about the size of the proposed Park Place project. But Member Erik Altmann and developer Paul Vlahakis say the size makes sense for downtown East Lansing.

Green Grocer and Upscale Market Coming to Downtown East Lansing

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

East Lansing will finally be seeing a green grocer downtown soon. According to owner and general manager Ken Campbell, Campbell's Market Basket promises to bring fresh produce, locally-baked goods, high quality coffee and cheeses, and more.

Blighted Corner Redevelopment Begins With More Closures

Friday, December 28, 2018

Redevelopment on the long-blighted corner where Abbot Road meets Grand River Avenue is beginning this week. The Park District construction means more road and sidewalk closures ahead. What can you expect short- and long-term?

What If the Center City Developers Don’t Build the Senior Housing?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The $132 million public-private deal known as the Center City District project is designed to have 92 rental apartments for people aged 55 and up. That's not because of high market demand. So what happens if the developers don't build that housing? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Seniors Sought for Planned Downtown Rental Apartments

Monday, December 3, 2018

Developers of the Center City District project, under construction downtown, are now actively seeking people aged 55 and up who are interested in renting apartments on the project’s north side. What will they cost, and how large will they be?

Fire Prevention Code Not Being Followed in East Lansing

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Further investigation by ELi finds the City Manager has misrepresented the City’s code on fire safety, and the Fire Marshal isn't following the City's code. Now the City is demanding $1200 before it will release any fire review documentation on Center City.

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