Meridian Township gets a new biking-walking trail

A new biking and walking trail is on its way to Meridian Township. Meridian Township has received money from Ingham County for the construction of Phase 1 of the project. There is a total of three phases that will connect Michigan State University and Lake Lansing Road. Phase 1 is the installation of a trail from Hagadorn Road and Shaw Lane on MSU campus and continues on to Park Lake Road on Grand River. “The trail will run through the Red Cedar River on campus, creating a bridge on the north bank of the river and continue on to Park Lane,” said Younes Ishraidi, said chief engineer for Meridian Township.

East Lansing Costco could open by end of year

Area Costco fans soon won’t have to travel far to fill their carts with warehouse club deals. Costco is planning to open a store in East Lansing by the end of the year. This past December the city of East Lansing and Meridian came to an agreement with the development of Costco in a TIF deal for $1 million, which would be developed on the old Four Winds golf course that was closed in 2002. A TIF deal is a tax increment financing deal, which allows townships to use tax revenues from other businesses and entities in town to develop an economic development that benefits that town. The land being used to develop Costco was previously owned by Meridian Township but was annexed to the city of East Lansing in 2001.

Mitten Raised Bakery to open soon in Okemos


Katie Ann Lambert, a native of Michigan, had been traveling across the country for eight years, from Colorado to Hawaii and after working for someone else, she decided she wanted her own. So Mitten Raised Bakery that once was an idea finally became reality. “My brother actually came up with the name. After going back and forth about it, I came back to where I was from so the name stuck,” said Lambert. Lambert bought the store last year and planned to open this past December but with a few hiccups hopes to open her store in mid March.