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  • Yep. Took these back during the reconstruction: It was a massive expansion on the garage.
  • BTW, noticed the new artwork going up on the stairwell/elevator tower of the North Grand parking garage on Saturday. From the City Pulse: https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/grand-avenue-parking-structure-gets-facelift-with-new-mural,12943 …
  • GB, you'd mention this back in December, but I'd just noticed the "REO Town" signage on the old Main Street apartments when on I-496 yesterday evening. Funny how a little detail can change the look of a building (for the better) so much. I went on…
  • Looks like the remains of the Eastside Gateway at 615 East Kalamazoo have been demolished. Hopefully, something even better rises from the ashes. With this demolition, there are now only three structures remaining on this part of the street on e…
  • The Kilbourne-Mead House on Center Street and 2003 West Malcolm X/Main on the block in between Everett and Buffalo both seem to lay claim to the oldest. Some give the date of the Kilbourne-Mead as having been built in 1847. The city gives 2003 Wes…
  • The rezoning of the properties is being reintroduced and refered again to the Planning Commission: https://eastlansing.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1853&meta_id=79933 https://eastlansing.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?vi…
  • They've been officially trying to push "East Town" since they put up the The Venue (at East Town) apartments down the street, but it's never caught on. Though, I do not doubt it will. It really is a node that's worth a name. The new apartments ev…
  • Oh, no. I understood you. Just trying to add a bit of nuance to let folks know that the neighborhood is still there, if even reduced and having had its heart taken out. A bit of history to add about the old neighborhood is that Union Missionary…
  • Tanin on the Eastside opened last week: https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/2019/06/14/italian-eatery-tannin-reopens-east-side/1448714001/ Appetizers include fresh-pulled mozzarella and calamari. Hand-made pasta dishes in…
  • Since it's South Butler it can't be Saginaw (Michigan divides the city north/south), so it must be St. Joe, then. And you're right that there is still an old building at the northwest corner of St. Joe and Butler, though for as long as I can rememb…
  • Thought you'd enjoy this: https://www.lansingmi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7796/REO-Town-Historic-Survey The city Historic District Commission is looking into making parts of the neighborhood a historic district. This details a whole bunch of bu…
  • Hmm. It appears the dealership owns everything on the southside of the street up to the Southwood Apartments (1306 E. Miller) save for the small office building directly behind the dealership which appears to be a doctor's office. There are no pro…
  • With as fast as the cars appear going by east-west, and knowing this is South Butler and that I-496 wasn't completed through downtown until 1970, it seems most likely it's Main/Malcom X or St. Joseph, but that's just a guess.
  • https://twitter.com/CityofEL/status/1139205320960593920 Surprised how "highway"ish this part of the avenue looked back then. You can still see some of that history, today, but it's disappearing.
  • Man, the brickwork on the ground floor of Newman Lofts is excellent: https://twitter.com/CityofEL/status/1139147243557203968
  • Ha! At the discussion-only council meeting last night, they backed off the development moratorium downtown. I honestly didn't think they would back off. Makes me wonder whose idea it was in the planning department to try and rush this through in …
  • The city has a survey the LSJ reported on today: Share your thoughts: Should Lansing build a concert, performing arts space downtown? Thought you guys might be interested.
  • I'm not 100% sure, but I think the current zoning may date back to the early 2000's when St. Stephen's Church on the westside was going to build a new church on part of the site and then housing on the rest. It sounds like that plan probably had th…
  • Gillespie doesn't seem to ever be concerned with developing on his existing parking lots. In fact, he's always expanding them bit-by-bit (Lansing Brewing Co., Marketplace). Don't hold your breaths for him to develop anything on his existing propert…
  • Do you have a more specific description? Northside of the street? Southside? There are some apartment buildings on the southside and commercial buildings along the north side around this location.