Park Place

Since the LSJ has picked up on this, this morning, I'll give it it's own thread.

Developers want to bring apartments, movie theater to downtown East Lansing

EAST LANSING — Developers want to build two new high-rises in downtown East Lansing and a movie theater, as well.

Okemos-based Vlahakis Companies and Royal Properties of Champaign, Illinois have proposed two buildings near the corner of Abbot Road and Albert Avenue that would hold 235 apartments and 28 condos.

The new project, called "Park Place" would be a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Preliminary plans also call for automated parking and retail and office space.

The developer would tear down the current Dublin Square building and reincorporate the bar and restaurant into a new building.

The plan calls for one 13-story building at the corner of Abbot Road and Albert Avenue, which would replace the current Dublin Square site. That building would have about 25,000 square feet of office space.

A second, 10-story building that would have a movie theater on the first floor would sit adjacent to the first along Evergreen Avenue. The two buildings would be connected by a skyway over the alleyway.

Interestingly, Vlahakis says that even if he can't get the DDA land for the full project, he'll definitely be redeveloping the Dublin Square site, which he owns.

Comments

  • That second rendering is new. Vlahakis is not required to build parking in the city center zoning district so just the Dublin Square site would be allowed if he is granted a variance for going over 12 stories.
  • I was kind of sad to hear they want to keep the restaurant[really bad food] and knock down the building. I would do it the other way around. It will be a very busy corner of town I am wondering what would be a good idea for the streets to keep traffic moving through the new highrise zone. I have had this fantasy idea of building a through-traffic tunnel from Harrison to Hagadorn under Michigan and Grand River Ave. but that seems unlikely. I wonder how they are planning on handling this?

  • The best way to handle the increased traffic is with improved mass transit and non-motorized transportation, which will take local traffic off the streets and have more people riding together and taking up less space.

  • Jared, both of the renderings are new ones if even the first is similar perspective we saw from last Thursday:

    He'd have to rework Park Place 1, though, if he didn't get the DDA land, though. The city actually owns the small parking lot at the northwest corner of Abbot and Albert, and you can see in the rendering the current Park Place 1 proposal would extend to the corner. It'd be a pretty significant reworking of that building if they have to use just the Dublin Square site. You'd likely have to take out the light-court.

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