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  • Yeah, QD is a bit perplexing. On one hand, they are sprucing up some stores (like the one in Holt) and bringing their retail model up to date, but broadly their properties are really outdated (and dilapidated...), and don't seem to offer much more …
  • I think campus routes are effectively free for anyone these days - most of the time when I board one of those buses the deposit box is under a cover with "free rides" or something like that printed on it. It is odd that MSU doesn't provide system-w…
  • Just think of what this area will look like in 5+ years, once the DDA properties get upsized... and if the Delta area and the underutilized parcels between the Hopcat building and the DDA properties finally get developed, this area could end up look…
  • Looks like there is probably broad support for this sale in EL: https://eastlansinginfo.org/content/eli-survey-shows-support-land-sale-ballot-question Of course, their is always the backwards looking NIMBYs in opposition, who are forever oppos…
  • So I'm thinking Pablo's will never come to Old Town now... http://realestate.lansingstatejournal.com/?property=5e3fe8dea78e922bc5000051 I must admit, I was rather annoyed when they painted that lovely, patina'd ceramic brick on that historic …
  • While I'm glad to see some jobs generated by the re-use of this building, I'd much rather see the whole site razed and platted for single family homes in the back, and duplexes and/or mixed use buildings along Saginaw. As it stands the site is pret…
  • gbd - I expect beyond just the size of the Greater Lansing area, from a development perspective it helps that the GLA checks a lot of boxes in terms of having large insurance, government, health care and educational institutions. Plus being a capito…
  • Very glad to hear that vast, horrible Kmart parking lot will be dealt with. I hate huge surface parking lots for numerous reasons. I am a big fan of the idea of penalizing/incentivizing property owners to tear out excess, unused black top!!!
  • It is also very striking when approaching downtown EL from Grand River from the east or west, or Mich Ave. from the west. Those tall new buildings really mark the downtown from a distance! In other EL/Meridian twp news, I took a trip down Grand …
  • On a somewhat different note, I am pleased to see a lot more development in Lansing out of the Downtown/REOtown/Mich Ave./East Lansing/Meridian twp. Grand River corridor... like knocking down the old Golf house, whatever is going on at Grand River a…
  • "Gillespie mentioned in an article in the LSJ that Sears still has 10 years left on their lease. They may try to sublet or find someone to take over the lease. I hope we don't have to wait 10 years for a new building here. " Jared - Considering h…
  • Whoa! I am actually surprised about this. I've been there many times, and it was my understanding that the frandor location was one of sears' better performers. I read somewhere in this thread or others that Gillespie owns that land, so there cou…
  • I also noticed that the building at Aurelius and Jolly that formerly housed a convenience store is getting renovated right now. It looks like some kind of social services office is moving in.
  • I noticed that demolition as well. I suspect Motorcars of Lansing is expanding its lot... there is a car up on a pedestal with MoL advertising on it on site. At any rate, I am glad to see those ugly, inefficient, brutalist 70s 80s building go. …
  • gbd - although blue jays are opportunistic feeders that will eat a wide variety of seeds, scraps, and bugs, and baby birds, they probably don't eat animals as large as a squirrel. Squirrels, however, are serious egg predators... so I'd guess those …
  • After driving through the area recently, I noticed there are quite a few interesting little developments going on in and around Trowbridge. It looks like the old Asian market/restaurant building is getting close to occupancy after sitting vacant fo…
  • As much as I am thrilled this project is up and running, I desperately hope that it does not interfere with traffic on Mich Ave. All that sewer work further up the road in East Lansing has been a real pain this year!
  • If I was building a house and the contractor tried to pull this, I'd fire them on the spot and take my chances in court if they tried to sue me. I don't find it remotely admirable that the developer is "working" with the city on this conflict. Ju…