Center City District

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.

Facing Project Delays, Center City Contractor Will Use More Land

Monday, June 18, 2018

Christman Company, the lead contractor for the Center City District project, says there have been "some pretty significant delays." The company considers it a "huge win" to be able to rent public land across Abbot Road for $1,500 per month to relieve construction traffic congestion.

Center City Construction Area May Get Bigger

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The contractor for the large Center City District project downtown is now looking to expand the construction zone across Abbot Road. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Center City Construction Continues, Changing Downtown

Monday, April 30, 2018

ELi's Alice Dreger provides an update on Center City District construction, including where the Art Festival is moving, how Albert Avenue will be reconstructed, what to expect from the new Target store, and why Council authorized funds for a new water main pipe.

City Tries to Help Downtown Businesses

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The City of East Lansing has been trying to help businesses downtown weather the stresses of the Center City District construction. ELi's Alice Dreger summarizes the efforts and talks to business owners about what's helping, what's not, and what might work better.

Who Really Cancelled the Folk Festival?

Monday, March 26, 2018

The cancellation of the Great Lakes Folk Festival has been unwelcome news to many artists, attendees, and downtown business owners. So how was the decision made, and why? ELi's Alice Dreger investigates.

Museum Director Explains Folk Festival “Hiatus”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander today explained to ELi his reasons for putting the Great Lake Folks Festival on what he calls “hiatus." Issues named include lack of diversity among attendees, a need to serve MSU undergraduates, and the challenges of construction downtown.

Amended Center City Deal Passes Last Hurdles

Friday, December 8, 2017

With approvals obtained yesterday from two East Lansing governmental bodies, financing for the Center City District project is expected to be finally settled next week. Construction will start after that. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Council Amends Agreement with Center City Developer

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This week, City Council approved a new performance-guarantee agreement with the Center City District developer. Today, that agreement amendment will be considered by the two other bodies that must approve it.

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