Capital Area Transportation Authority look to encourage transit use

Jamal Larry Tyler
Meridian Times
CATA will soon execute its Transit-Oriented Development Land Use Plan and Form-Base Code. The plan’s concept is to develop a unique form-base code that encourages businesses to develop in a way to encourage transit to business users. “We want to bring buildings to the front and move parking lots. The parking lots should be placed in the back and require less parking. That way we have an environment that looks more like East Lansing.

CADL Okemos Library proves just how important libraries still are

By Jamal Larry Tyler
Meridian Times

The Okemos branch is 1 of 13 libraries of the Capital Area District Libraries. Currently CADL serves 23 municipalities. Okemos library caters to a large section of the international community. At the Oct.6 Meridian Township Board meeting Cecelia Kramer said, “The friends of Okemos library would have a Joan C. Smith Memorial. Smith was head librarian for 10 years of the Okemos branch.

Sale of Meridian Asset Resource Center and fire station approaches

By Jamal Larry Tyler
The Meridian Times

On Oct. 6 Meridian Township Board discussed the sale of the Central Fire Station at 2150 Clinton St. and The MARC at 4675 Okemos Road. Township Manager Frank Walsh brought everyone up to date about the details of when construction might begin and said Evergreen Companies was the best deal. The deal, which was set to be signed by Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus and Township Supervisor Elizabeth LeGoff on Oct.1, is now null and void because LeGoff has been ill.

Jackson National Insurance strengthens economy

By Jamal Larry Tyler
The Meridian Times

Jackson National Insurance has a planned $100 million expansion that will soon help the economy of Lansing. Jackson currently has more than 2,500 associates at its Lansing headquarters and their expansion will accommodate more than 1,000 associates. “It’s extremely difficult to comment on the average pay for associates, as salaries vary greatly based on level, role/department and location,” said Courtney Sipperley, Corporate Social Responsibility and External Communications Specialist. “Potential candidates can come from anywhere in the country and we recruit at college campuses in several different states. The living accommodations for candidates will be determined on a case-by-case basis,” said Sipperley.