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