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What’s Going On at that Main Corner Downtown?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Why were traffic lights turned off at the main corner downtown today? ELi's Alice Dreger explains and brings you details on the major redevelopment project now rising at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road.

Little Love for Royal Vlahakis at City Council

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

City Council gave the Royal Vlahakis proposal a chilly reception last night, indicating skepticism about almost every major aspect of the plan, from the height, to the idea of a "city market," to the underground parking, to the financing ideas. ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

Is the Royal Vlahakis Deal Really Falling Apart?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Developers Royal Vlahakis are hoping to change their proposal to satisfy decision-makers. But will the DDA now open up bidding on the publicly-owned properties to see what other developers might offer? ELi's Alice Dreger takes a look at what we know.

Big Questions Remain on eBay Land Sale

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The City is looking to downplay concerns about the eBay auction of a million-dollar public property. But investigation by ELi and newly-released documents show big questions remain. What really happened?

East Lansing’s Newest, Biggest Proposal Draws Mixed Reactions

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Peoples Church and the Planning Commission seemed generally chilly, the Downtown Development Authority mostly warmer, and City Council decidedly mixed in reaction to the Royal Vlahakis redevelopment proposal this week. What was asked and said?

DRW Convexity Project at Blighted Corner Is Back On Track

Thursday, January 24, 2019

DRW Convexity's project for East Lansing’s long-blighted vacant downtown corner is back on track. The developers have secured foundation permits for the first and biggest of the three new buildings to be constructed.

Answers to Questions about the Park Place Proposal

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What will the shadows be like? Why do the developers say "14 stories" when the building has 15? And what's with that tax incentive plan? We have some answers to your 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.

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?

Beier Explains Why She Hasn’t Said Much Lately

Thursday, December 13, 2018

East Lansing City Council Member Ruth Beier took a few minutes at a recent meeting to explain why she hasn't been speaking much at Council. We bring you the video with a summary from Jessy Gregg.

Now Comes a 14-Story Building for East Lansing?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Park Place project concept keeps getting bigger, now including a 14-story building on Abbot Road and a 12-story building overlooking Valley Court Park. A site plan hasn't been submitted, but a major contract on the deal may be signed tomorrow.

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.

The Wait Is Over: Construction Will Start on Vacant Corner

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Today marks a day some thought would never come. The redevelopment project for the vacant corner downtown has officially obtained all approvals. Construction will soon start. ELi's Dan Totzkay and Alice Dreger report.

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