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  • The city council hired Fahie Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC as outside counsel for the Montgomery Drain section of this project last month. Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes works with municipalities around the area for drain projects as they require either …
  • This one goes before the planning commission next week. The figures in the staff review don't quite match the latest elevation drawings. Park Place East height is given at 159 feet in the staff report, while the elevation drawings show a 169-foot …
  • Thanks for finding that, though I have some serious concerns about most of that piece. I still think if this ordinance ever made it to court, it would likely be struck down. But absent that, Dreger would be right that if built to the current rende…
  • The city announced today it's getting rid of more one-way streets downtown: Lansing plans to switch the following roads from one-way to two-way. Grand Avenue between Malcolm X Street and Oakland Avenue Capitol Avenue between Malcolm X …
  • Sigh. Nevermind.
  • To note, railroad abandonment/railbanking are very complicated, processes that involve the federal Surface Transportation Board and can take quite some time. Most important, the railroad has to request it. In the case of both the lines, neither is…
  • Looks like the city's insistence that Logan Square be sold finally became true. LANSING — Logan Square has new owners. Logan Capital, LLC, a real estate investment group from California, purchased the property in late 2018, Steven Silverman…
  • Yep, that's it. Love seeing more business taking advantage of this program. Lam's is next door to El Oasis on the Eastside. To say this will be a significant visual change is an understatement. The current facade is horrible. https://twitter.co…
  • Yep, this will follow the power lines west of the lake. From there is crosses Wabash with the powerlines, but then diverges to curve around the west and north of the Beekman Center before turning north right along side the freeway to outlet onto th…
  • In something of a surprise, the two generally pro-development councillers seem to oppose this project at its current size and height, while a more development-skeptic counciller is on the other side. Weird. https://eastlansinginfo.org/content/drah…
  • So, I went back to look through the approval process just to be sure of something. Here is the staff report during the planning commission phase: https://eastlansing.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1020&meta_id=65054 And the…
  • It's veyr likely not old growth. Old growth forest are very, very rare in Michigan. Virtually the whole state was cleared between 1850 and 1910 save for these few areas: This photo of Hartwick Pines State Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor It real…
  • The city planning board is back at work, too. At their January 15th meeting, they'll... Consider the rezoning a small piece of 601 South Martin Luther King (southeast corner of MLK and Hillsdale) from residential to commercial to allow for the fu…
  • The city council is now back in business, and three projects continue on course. There will be public hearings next week on the rezonings for the hotel and apartment buildings on the Deluxe Inn site, Neogen's small expansion in Oak Park, and the pr…
  • The LSJ has an article on Pablo's: LANSING — Just in time for the start of patio season, Pablo's will open a new location in REO Town. The Mexican restaurant's owner, Pablo Maldonado, said opening day is planned for May 5 at the new REO…
  • I'm a bit confused and see problems from both ends. First, I know of no other city that micro-manages like this. Generally, so long as are within the zoning rules, architectural features are something that's ultimately up to the developer unless t…
  • Looks like there is a new design. Anyway, and update: 19 years after fire, long-vacant downtown apartment building could reopen by the end of 2019 LANSING — Before the end of the year, people could call Oliver Towers in downtown Lansing home…
  • Updates: https://twitter.com/MSUFacilities/status/1076150780015661056 https://twitter.com/MSUFacilities/status/1066029041352871936
  • Yep, here is a link to the discussion back in November 2017 we had on it: https://develop.metrolansing.com/discussions/discussion/comment/10707/#Comment_10707 Very interesting little concept that didn't last long.
  • Thanks, though the Lansing library subscription had them arranged in a much more user-friendly way. A first blush, it looks like the maps I'm looking at (1913, republished in 1953) cuts off literally just at this area since it hadn't been developed…