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  • Last update on here was in November, but it looks like the LSJ has a story on the long renovation of the Belen Buildings on Ionia, today: Former Belen's Flowers building in downtown Lansing to become apartments, retail space LANSING — A…
  • This one has been dragging; I suspect it was delayed. But it appears they've finally started framing the second floor, and oddly it's being framed in wood. It was so good to see both this and 600 East Michigan Avenue going up at the same time alon…
  • Demolition looks to have started today, specifically on the warehouse structure behind the buildings fronting Michigan. Edit: The City Pulse did a story on this. Contractors prep downtown Meijer site TUESDAY, April 2 — A downtown gro…
  • Looks like East Lansing & Meridian Township will finally be holding their joint meeting next Wednesday for the consideration of rezoning the land from 6290 to 6350 Abbot Road to allow for a large development. The land is between the East Lansing…
  • gb, I'm glad to hear that. I was by their maybe a week-and-a-half ago, and I kind of distressed to see them still grading the lot. I figured that since this is a brownfield site that maybe it required more remediation work than normal (more excav…
  • Jared, a bit of an update. It looks like the concrete barriers you see have not been moved, which means they are being used to create a barrier between auto traffic and the fence. So it appears that pedestrians have just been moved to the parking …
  • Speak of the devil, the City Pulse has a story on Tanin this week. And as I'd figure, their new restaurant isn't going to be quite as upscale as their previous location: FRIDAY, March 29 — Pending light renovations, Tannin’s new home in the f…
  • Can't link it directly, since City Pulse seems to have a new layout, but this weeks addition mentions that neighbors and conservationist won the fight to get the city to reduce the footprint of the tree cutting in Scott Woods Park. It's on page 8 o…
  • It didn't have any retail around it because the college and the park and such largely replaced the retail street. That's what the photo is showing. It certainly wasn't the nice part of downtown, but it's sad what "urban renewal" did to that area. …
  • And, I called it. The developers are requesting an extension of the purchase and sale agreement for the land partially because of it looking like the 160-foot height overlay isn't going to pass. The agreement was originally supposed go into effect…
  • https://twitter.com/LansingPolice/status/1111242063583039488 This is looking northeast from the corner of Grand and Shiawassee. Really crazy to see old pictures of North Grand and North Washington. Storefronts used to stretch all the way up t…
  • While I think it can be argued in good faith that this amendment represents a significant change to the plans (though I mostly disagree), I think it's a bit more than a bit disingenuous to act like the fundamentals of the project have changed since …
  • My guess is like those other projects, once they finish excavation, they open back up the sidewalk. I believe they do this to stop potential debris from flying at pedestrians when they are initially breaking the surface and excavating. Would have …
  • I'd imagine so; it's not different than what they did or are doing for Center City, Park District or The Hub along Grand River, Abbot, Albert and Bogue.
  • A week old, but East Lansing Buzz has somes photos and updates from the 22nd. Stair and elevator cores are coming along. The tower crane should be coming soon. More than that, it appears the permits have been issued for the hotel, so founda…
  • https://twitter.com/CityofEL/status/1110212932502212609
  • Out this evening and noticed they'd but up the barriers, today. Gillespie Group's Twitter confirmed it: https://twitter.com/GillespieGrp/status/1110561116483129344 They didn't photograph it, but the barrier includes the entire pro…
  • The city is set to power all of its facilities on 100% renewable energy, according to the mayor. It's contigent upon the council approving this part of the budget, though. The city would purchase energy credits, and any customer in the BWL's servi…
  • It's a picture linked from Flickr from 2011.
  • Something I just randomly noticed yesterday while driving through Old Town, yesterday, was that the top of the "Looney Moon" building at 204 East Grand River looks to be unfinished. We'd brought the renovation of the stunning old building up back i…