Beyond the built-up units stretches a pre-apocalyptic vision. Eerily empty streets, complete with light poles and utility hookups, await tenants — and houses. “I have no problems with development, but the development shouldn’t be pushing the utilities,” [Jared] Wein said. “It should be following where the utilities already are.”
Van Ravensway literally jumped out of his chair at the suggestion that East Lansing is encouraging sprawl. He walked into a hallway and pointed to a gap-toothed spot on the map where Lansing and Meridian Township flank East Lansing’s northern spur.
“This is not urban sprawl,” he said. “It’s right in the center of the urban area. This is filling in where development should occur relative to the rest of the world. What’s sprawl is developing out of Williamston and Grand Ledge.”
The city continues to work on feasibility of the project, including ongoing discussions with MSU regarding the museum. Its possible we may have a site plan ready in early 2008.
No demolition is planned for 2007.