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  • I'm still hoping for a simple renovation of City Hall, possibly moving the police into a separate facility. The performing arts center appearing to move closer to reality is great news, as is addressing the problems with the parking ramps/lots. A…
  • @gbinlansing I'm not a subscriber, did the article mention anything about the Lake Trust project? I'm still not sure how serious their proposal was there, I don't even remember if it jumped through all the necessary hoops with the city or not yet.
  • Yeah, that site plan is pretty much as I remembered it, just "meh". It's not bad but I do agree that having more of a grid-like layout would be good. It looks like they're trying to isolate each area of retail, apartments, townhouses and single fami…
  • Well, if it isn't Gillespie developing this then that makes it even more interesting. If it's the Eydes then I think this will be our first look at a ground-up mixed use development from them, won't it?
  • @sabatoa I'm torn with a project like this. I would strongly prefer to see the land developed but I agree that it sucks to see such a mediocre development get built there. I'd like to know why developers make the choices they make sometimes, I get t…
  • I'm assuming Gillespie still owns this? He had proposed the movie studio here some years ago. This project certainly sounds promising, it would go a long way towards cementing the future of the Cedar/Larch corridor as an actual part of downtown. …
  • I'll echo the disappointment here on seeing TechSmith choose such an uninspiring location. I do not support giving tax incentives to suburban office developments. Tax incentives are, in part, supposed to be a tool to encourage more desirable develop…
  • Regardless of whether it's been formally vacated, I think rebuilding Washtenaw would be best for the neighborhood and best for the development prospects at that site. I hope Eyde or whatever developer ends up with this property at least considers re…
  • The 7 block fiasco continues to disappoint me, has it really only been seven years? It feels like it's been so much longer. I'm not even too sure what I'd like to see here, it'd be nice to see Washtenaw rebuilt all the way through while the seven bl…
  • They are moving on this, elevator towers and stairwells are going up along with the first floor studs on the building at Clippert & Michigan while it looks like the foundation is complete for the senior apartments behind it. There's also a crane…
  • I'm not much of a fan of what Neogen has done down there. I'm kind of dumbfounded by the replacement windows they put it, they pulled out the small, somewhat ugly windows only to put smaller, much uglier windows back in and now with highly contrasti…
  • @MichMatters I really have trouble wrapping my head around all the changes involved in the form based code, I haven't really dug into it yet. I'm pretty sure I remember you giving some explanations of it before here, can you point me back to one of…
  • That's a nice picture, Agreed on your last point. I think one of the biggest things holding downtown back at this point is the fact our downtown commercial district basically consists of three and a half blocks of Wahsington Sq, to have a metro a…
  • If you're ever interested in municipal boundaries in general you can just search a city or township on Google Maps and it will outline its borders in red.
  • That rendering would make for a nice building but it clearly shows a five floor building, if what they build actually ends up being three floors and 100k sq ft it will be quite a bit different from what's shown.
  • I'd be a little surprised if Sparrow ends up razing Eastern, it's a perfectly usable building and tearing it down would go over poorly with the community. They could hold meetings and seminars in the (quite beautiful) auditorium, allow their employe…
  • I'd be very surprised if the hotel didn't have its own entrance. I am curious how they'll do it though, will you just immediately go to an elevators/stairs and up to a second floor lobby or will the lobby and check in be on the first floor?
  • I read that and wondered whether I should pay attention to their passing statement. With the hole they have dug there I certainly wouldn't be surprised if it actually ends up being two floors. Now I wonder how close it will be to those renderings on…
  • It's not surprising but I'm glad to see this moving forward, it's a nice looking building and adding office workers to downtown EL is no small deal. It'll certainly give that block of Albert an interesting feel, the street is quite narrow there and …
  • To be fair that document shows the large parking lots being transformed into a park in the "2020 and beyond" phase so it's not entirely clear that the state isn't still pursuing something like this. I sort of wonder if the site plan in the second li…