Downtown East Lansing Development

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Thought I'd make a general downtown East Lansing thread with all the low-rise and mid-rise buildings which have popped up over the past five years or so.  A lot has been built that isn't covered here, but I thought I'd start this as it hasn't abated.  Anyway, another phase of Stonehouse Village is going up:





Vacant E.L. Taco Bell building could become apartments


EAST LANSING – After years of sitting empty, a building in downtown East Lansing that was built as a Taco Bell fast-food restaurant could be torn down and replaced with apartments.


Developers want to build a five-story building at 565 E. Grand River Ave., the northwest corner of Grand River Avenue and Bailey Street, according to an application filed with the city. The building would have roughly 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and 30 apartment units, mostly on upper floors.


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This is actually just east of downtown, but downtown is beginning to expand each way down Grand River.






Apartments planned for old Tasty Twist building in E.L.


A company called Next Generation Investment Properties LLC has proposed replacing the commercial buildings and a house rented by a Michigan State University fraternity at the corner of East Grand River and Spartan avenues with a four-story apartment building.


Developers hope to attract MSU student renters for their mix of 51 one- to four-bedroom apartments. The building also would include a ground-floor retailer, although a tenant hasn’t yet been identified.

Edited by Lmichigan

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City Council approved Gateway which will rise just west of downtown.






EL council approves Gateway project permits, plans


EAST LANSING – A project proposed for the western edge of downtown East Lansing must still meet one more challenge before it can move ahead.

City council members approved a site plan and special use permit Tuesday on a 5-0 vote for the proposed Gateway project at 300 W. Grand River, provided Lansing Township-based DTN Management and the West Village II homeowners' association can reach an agreement regarding easements which provide use of and access to the property by May 27.


Originally a much larger project, the developmet now includes 39 apartments, approximately 7,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and two levels of underground parking.

Edited by Lmichigan

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The Park District - a name for a project that has undergone multiple changes and failures to get off the ground since 2006 - seems to be making it's way foward in a very real way.




Park District developer scores high in financial review

EAST LANSING – The developer of the $92 million Park District project “has the expertise and financial capacity to complete” it as proposed, according to a financial review commissioned by the city’s Downtown Development Authority Board.


The developer also is worthy of tax increment financing to pay for public infrastructure of benefit to “the entire East Lansing Central Business District,” the review said.


The scaled-back project includes a first phase which includes an 8-story hotel/apartment building (with underground parking), and a four-story apartment building with ground floor retail.  The Park District is centered at the corner of Abbot and Grand River at the west end of downtown and stretches around Valley Court Park.


More material:


Site plan


Building A color rendering


Building B color rendering

Edited by Lmichigan

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