“We fully expect to be in the site plan review process by this fall,” Jim van Ravensway said.
Is the museum in or out? “I really want to answer that question, but I can’t yet,” he said coyly.
“The mayor will be in a position to say something about that shortly.”
“City Center will move forward later this summer, early fall,” East Lansing mayor Sam Singh said. “The question’s really going to be, is there going to be a strong connection with MSU’s history museum or not?” Singh says talks are going on right now, but even if the museum doesn’t jump Grand River Avenue, there will be a “significant development with housing, restaurants or possibly an anchor tenant to take its place.”
One way or another, officials said, the project will have a cultural component. A small auditorium, or black box theater, will “definitely” be included, van Ravensway predicted.