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A proposal to demolish four older rental houses in the Collegeville Historic District and replace them with a new sorority will come for public hearing at this week’s Planning Commission meeting. Jessy Gregg brings the details.
The East Lansing Historic District Commission is now allowing property owners in historic districts to replace original exterior wood siding with cement fiberboard siding in some cases. ELi talked to Commission Chair Amanda Harrell-Seyburn to get the details.
Following the lead of other Michigan cities like Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, the City of East Lansing is gearing up to fight back to retain local control of its historic districts, even while some believe the districts impede productive redevelopment in East Lansing and elsewhere.
The goal is to restore the historic exterior of the old Bailey school, replace a newer one-story addition with a three-story addition, and create low-traffic commercial space (possibly including a daycare) and 25 senior independent living rental apartments.