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  • For whatever reason, The Abbot's social media doesn't update construction process like the others one's did. It's also pretty hard for the average person to get good angles for this one given it's location. I've only ever been able to capture it w…
  • Just a few general observations. I hadn't been down on Edgewood in quite some time, and noticed that the old Finley's was not only demolished, but the new Panera was open. I guess I hadn't been down there for longer than I thought. The new buildi…
  • Looks like the tax increment financing (TIF) plans for the corridor improvement authories (CIAs) for Michigan Avenue and Saginaw Street were passed, yesterday: https://www.lansingmi.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=344 Building on a solid 10-year founda…
  • So, two new members were elected to the East Lansing City Council last week, one ousting incumbent Erik Altmann and now-former mayor Mark Meadows coming in a distant third. The two newcomers are Lisa Babcock and Jessy Gregg. I don't know enough ab…
  • Some updates: https://twitter.com/AshleeRWillis/status/1195357105710088193
  • Well, it's been almost a year, but it looks like the rezoning of old Deluxe Inn site is set for passage next Monday according to next week's city council agenda. Still no news on what's been holding this up in recent months, and there is still no se…
  • It seems to be doing just fine and I wish it continued success. The whole point is to start having truly mixed use buildings; this is convenient for the folks who live there. It's not meant to be a destination restaurant rather a place residents c…
  • Also depends on which parking lot we're talking about. The one to the north/east is actually part of the Market Place property; the lot to the south/west is city-owned. But like you said, Jared, even if it's the city lot, it's likely that they wer…
  • I was a fairly regular customer, but was waiting for the news to come for years; it was living on borrowed time. Being the most profitable Sears in Michigan is sort of like being Best in Show at a ugly dog competition. I will miss it.
  • I noticed that the sidewalks are closed off around the old Farnum Building at the corner of Capitol and Allegan, but I'm unsure if this is prep for the renovation or something else.
  • There has been other two-way conversions downtown. Shiawassee went back two-way back in the 90's, I think it was (might have been even more recent). Shouldn't be too much trouble.
  • Speaking of South Capitol, I also notice the other day they've installed the double-sided traffic lights (at least at the intersection with Allegan) in preperation for the transition to two-way traffic next year.
  • Oh, boy, this is hilarious. Here is what part of Roma's Bakery is being transformed into (the backery part on the back). Here's the project filing from October 9: Turn east end of Roma's Bakery into Medical Marijuana consumables. Phase 1 Ta…
  • Half the council seats - two ward seats and two at-large seats - are staggered so that they are up every two years. This year, Wards 1 & 3 and two at-large seats are up. Two years from now it will be 2 & 4 and the other two at-large seats,…
  • The planning department is restarting the stalled Form-Based Code with the Planning Board this Wednesday. The cover letter says that they hope to have the Planning Board, again, pass it "after the holidays." https://www.lansingmi.gov/AgendaCente…
  • Ha! Apparently, their travel has created quite an ado around Detroit: What's in those mysterious, police-escorted caravans traveling on Haggerty? The science-fiction-esque scene has unfolded close to a dozen times over the past few weeks…
  • Yeah, Sycamore Creek sits in a broad, shallow valley, and the zoom highlights it. The biggest dip you can see visually is on Cavanaugh between Penn and Aurelius. Between Aurelius and the railroad tracks, the elevation drops nearly 30 feet, and bet…
  • No, that is very much the tower on River Street you see to the left in the photo. As he said, he's in the southwest of downtown and this must be looking almost directly southeast. I know he doesn't want to give his location away, but I have my gue…
  • To give you an idea of the height of the hospital, it will be almost exactly as tall as City Hall: Lansing City Hall and Police Building by Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, on Flickr
  • A recent city press release on the Holmes Street school redevelopment: https://www.lansingmi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8515/PR-Holmes-Street-School-Oct-20191