10-story student complex with top-floor pool proposed for East Lansing

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East Lansing got a peek at plans for a 10-story student housing complex with a swimming pool 124 feet above Grand River and Bogue at the planning commission’s Oct. 25 meeting.

Two Chicago firms, Core Spaces LLC and Antunovich Associates, described “The Hub: East Lansing,” which would be the first development in the city’s East Village District since 2006. The project would be 132 feet high with 12,220 square feet of retail space and 347 market-rate apartments. “This opportunity takes a location that is basically right on campus and puts students there,” said Core Spaces CIO Andrew Weidner.

The companies propose a 158-space garage and widening sidewalks from 5 feet to 22 feet. If approved, buildings including a 7-Eleven and Georgio’s Pizzeria would be demolished. The plan relocates them within the project. The project will keep coming up before the commission until it makes final decisions.

The commission also elected Commissioner Dan Bollman as its new chair and Commissioner Kathleen Boyle as vice chair.

In public comments, three citizens opposed suggested changes to City Ordinance 1395, redefining where certain medical marijuana facilities may operate.

“I am an East Lansing resident and would reject 1395 from a land-use perspective.” said Hawk Nest resident Ann Hill. Fellow Hawk Nest resident Ellen Marr said she would “seriously consider leaving East Lansing” if amendments to the ordinance pass. “There is a large grow facility in the zone by Hawk Nest,” she said.