It’s time you start noticing the art in East Lansing

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

Map of different art locations around downtown East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The art scene in East Lansing is a creative and eclectic culture that could exist only in a college town. With many different features, such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the East Lansing Art Festival, and the up-and-coming cultural mosaic, the amount of public art leaves East Lansing with a unique presence. World-renowned architect, and winner of the architect’s Pritzaker-Prize, Zaha Hadid designed the Broad Art Museum which opened in 2012. The stainless steel structure and uncommon architecture brings artists from all around the world to feature their art.

School Board considers re-establishing liaisons with parent councils

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Members of the East Lansing School Board discussed re-establishing a liaison role with parent councils at their March 28 meeting. For several years in the past, a liaison would be a member of the school board who would attend specific parent council meetings and would give information to and from the School Board.  

Currently, board members do not fulfull this role. The board agreed to disband liaisons beginning this school year because of the time commitment, with the board members attending every School Board meeting on Mondays as well as attending the parent council meetings on their own time. “I think part of the reasoning behind not having liaisons was because of the time commitment board members were making to committees and their liaison appointments,” said board member Kate Powers.

Building permit request approved by Planning Commission

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Pablo Majano, planning and zoning community development analyst, requested approval to have the ability to apply for a building permit for Michigan State University Federal Credit Union’s headquarters and other zoning districts to build solar panels on carports at the Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday.  

There are no permits in play but this approval would allow business districts and community retail districts to request building permits for solar panel construction, according to Majano. At the planning commission meeting, Majano said this ordinance is based off another ordinance that allows for solar energy systems to be built carports with appropriate permits

Majano said Ordinance 1357 has been an existing regulation on alternative energy generation systems since 2011. “There are no current proposals for a carport energy system,” said Majano.  “Staff of the planning and zoning committee anticipates a future use of carport energy systems in the two different districts.”

Located on a zoning map of East Lansing, the districts requesting the building permits are located in the northern tier of East Lansing.

32 arrests, two injured cops, 36 hospital runs = typical St. Patrick’s Day

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Thirty-two arrests were made on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day and 27 of those arrests were related to alcohol offenses. Two East Lansing Police officers were injured while performing arrests, but they did not need hospitalization. The East Lansing Fire Department made 36 Emergency Medical Service runs.  Of the 36 hospital runs, 19 were related to alcohol and two were related to assault.

Detective Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department said this day was pretty typical day for St.

Multiple openings on Grand River excite new business

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Rally House is moving onto Grand River, and The Villa is moving out. Replacing what was once American Apparel, Rally House, an apparel store that sells sports jerseys and accessories, will open March 25, according to building owner Brian Gordon. Along with the opening of Rally House, The Villa, a neighboring store known for sneakers and sportswear, is moving at the end of the month from Grand River to Martin Luther King Boulevard and Holmes Road in Lansing, where there is currently a store open. “Our moving doesn’t have anything to do with the opening of Rally House,” said Diane Stewart, assistant manager at The Villa.

Snow ordinance enhanced due to weather conditions

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Parking and Clearing Enforcement is enforcing the snow ordinance of East Lansing starting March 1 because of the recent treacherous weather conditions. The ordinance states snow that accumulated before noon on a sidewalk in front, or adjacent to your property, must be cleared by midnight the same day.  Snow that accumulated after noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight the following day. According to Megan Clark, assistant to the city manager, snow must be cleared within 12 to 48 hours after the first snowfall and ice should be cleared, or applied salt, within 12 hours of formation. “Those who don’t comply face fines ranging from $150 for the first offense to $480 for the fourth offense,” said Clark.

World famous artist visits Broad Art Museum

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Artist Andrew Sendor visited the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Thursday, Feb. 18 and discussed his inspiration and drawing techniques for his new art exhibit. Andrew Sendor has art exhibits all over the world including New York City and countries such as Germany, Denmark, and Italy, according to Caitlín Doherty, Curator for the museum. His exhibit at the Broad Art Museum consists of two spaces; one multi-media area designated to a 13-minute film titled Fenomeno and another space for his intricate paintings and exquisitely detailed drawings.

New deal in the works for building on Grand River

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The building that was once American Apparel on east Grand River might have new activity starting within the next week. Building owner Brian Gordon, of East Lansing LLC, has been working on a business deal since American Apparel closed in December. “We are pretty close to wrapping one up,” said Gordon.  “We’ve been working on it since they left and we will know more within the next week.”

American Apparel is an international retail store that had a location at 115 east Grand River in East Lansing.

5 Questions with Ray Walsh

Why do you like East Lansing? It has a variety of businesses. I like it because it is a college town. It has a lot small businesses and restaurants that makes it unique and I like that. I like having a choice of places to shop.