A $132 million development project that would see two 12-story structures raised on Grand River and Albert Avenue properties was formally proposed Wednesday morning and informally presented to the Planning Commission later that night. The "Center City Project" is being developed by Richmond, Ill.-based developer Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors on properties owned by the Brad and Greg Ballein, who also own Student Book Store and other properties in East Lansing.
A representative for the developer of the Park District project spoke to East Lansing City Council at Tuesday’s discussion-only meeting about the current timeline for demolition and the revised plans for the project, leaving council updated but still skeptical of the unfolding plans.
Velvet A Candy Store, an ice cream, fudge and candy shop located next to Bruegger’s Bagels on Grand River Avenue, announced in a Sunday night Facebook post that their East Lansing location has closed. Velvet had been in operation since July 2015.
A forum with the goal of educating and mobilizing voters to end partisan gerrymandering drew a capacity crowd at East Lansing High School’s cafeteria Sunday afternoon. ‘Gerrymandering’, or the practice of legislatures drawing congressional districts with the goal of disenfranchising opposing voters, has become a much-hated political practice whose detractors say essentially renders elections pointless.
At the request of East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows, an ordinance draft put forth at the (date) Planning Commission meeting would allow four bars exempt from the city’s 50/50 rule to maintain their “grandfathered” status should they relocate or renovate. The 50/50 rule is an ordinance enacted by East Lansing City Council in the 80’s that requires businesses that sell alcohol to generate at least 50 percent of their revenue from food sales.