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Some Old Town residents see a need for more neighborhood eateries

Folks from around Old Town can tell you all the time that having such a close community and successful small businesses are what makes Old Town so unique, different, and almost complete. However, there is one thing that a few residents wish to see in the nearby future. Andrea Kerbuski, one of the few residents in Old Town believes there is a lack of restaurant options in the area. Sweetielicious is set to open and it is the type of place needed in the area to balance out the existing restaurants and provide residents with more options. “It is hard to get into places like Golden Harvest and we need at least another five more food places to eat at to make it more diverse and more of an attraction to city residents and visitors,” said Kerbuski.

James Barr (far right) presents the highlights of adopting HB-4209, 4210, and 4827 as township ordinances to the Lansing Township Board of Trustees on April 4, 2017. Photo by Casey Harrison.

New pot regulations could mean huge economic impact for Lansing Township

New laws regulating the medical marijuana industry could have the possibility to generate heavy profits for Lansing Township, should they choose to participate in a new statewide program. James Barr, founder and president of Strata Business Services in Lansing, spoke at the Lansing Township Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to discuss the adoption of three new state laws that will help further regulate the growing, cultivation, manufacturing and distribution medical marijuana products in Michigan. While all of the potential economic benefits could do Lansing Township a lot of good, township officials are still skeptical about jumping completely on board. “It sounds like there is a loose framework of the law,” township trustee Adam DeLay said. “But now it’s in the administrative rules process for LARA and it’s trying to flush out what specifically it will look like and what loopholes will there to go around … We just have to wait and see at this point.”

DeLay, along with other members of the board said they seem interested with the concept and think that the new bills could bring in significant revenue for the township, but the idea of having a large sum of marijuana plants could bring more trouble than good.

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.