Center City District

Big Downtown Project’s Public Spaces Won’t Match What Was Approved

Thursday, April 18, 2019

New revisions to East Lansing's Center City District project's design mean that the public spaces won’t be constructed as they had been designed and advertised during the approval process. ELi's Alice Dreger explains with illustrations plus a report of what was said at Council this week.

Myriad Developments from Council Meeting - But No Answer on Land Sale

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Changes to site plans of both the Graduate Hotel and Center City. Talk of the demise of the Royal Vlahakis proposal. Questions dodged (again) about that million-dollar eBay land sale. ELi's Alice Dreger brings you news from Tuesday night's Council meeting.

Vibrant Debate Surrounds Increasing Building Heights Downtown

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why are so many Planning Commissioners against an ordinance allowing 160-foot-tall buildings downtown, and why are a majority of Downtown Development Authority members for it? As Council Members prepare to decide, ELi's Chris Root explains.

What’s Up with East Lansing’s Big Construction Projects?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mayor Mark Meadows says the Royal Vlahakis project is "going real slow." What does the developer say, and what's up with the big projects already under construction in downtown East Lansing? We bring you updates on them all. 

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?

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