Foster Coffee Company opens up in East Lansing

A small coffee stand at a farmers market has grown into three stores around Michigan, including the newest one in downtown East Lansing. Co-founders of Foster Coffee Company, Nicholas Pidek and Johnathon Moore, started testing coffee recipes and catering events in 2014. “John and I met in high school, we became really good friends, started a band together,” said Pidek. They opened their first retail space on South Washington Street in downtown Owosso with the vision to create a better community. “When we looked at our downtown, we said, ‘Hey, the only way we’re going to do this, the only way this works, is if we work with other businesses, non-profits and civic entities to really help elevate the whole community,” Pidek said.

An airplane crashed in Lansing as the pilot attempted to land

A single engine airplane crashed while attempting to land at the Lansing airport on Thursday morning. The pilot was trying to land, when around 9 a.m. the plane crashed just west of Airport Road. The crash left three people dead and three people in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The names of the victims have not been released.

Watch Focal Point: General Motors Strike, East Lansing rent increase and more

On this edition of Focal Point News, General Motors workers are on strike for equal benefits. Also, students moving into the newest East Lansing sky rise, The Hub, experienced some unexpected complications. Plus, East Lansing and Ann Arbor were listed in the top ten for fastests growing rent. 

In sports, Michigan State football had a homecoming date with Indiana last week, with a high scoring affair between the two teams. 

In entertainment, Spider Man is set to return to the big screen. 

These stories and more on Focal Point. 

East Lansing makes top ten for increased rent

Residential real estate platform, Zumper, released the top college towns with the fast growing rent. Two Michigan cities placed in the top ten. In the survey of nearly 50 college towns across the United States, East Lansing came in at number seven with a 14.3% increase from the previous. The research found, from 2018 to 2019, rent for a one bedroom increased $100. With new developments like The Hub on Campus and Landmark, competition is increasing, but so are prices.

The Hub causes headaches for students moving in

The Hub on Campus is one of East Lansing’s newest high-rise apartments located on the corner of Bogue and Grand River. Students were promised a rooftop pool, a sauna and luxury apartments. While most of that was fulfilled, some students had trouble moving in and some rooms weren’t even finished. “This was my first year off campus, actually, so I was kind of excited to live in an apartment,” said senior marketing major Ryan Burk. “That was probably my one big thing for senior year.”

He and his roommates decided to live at the Hub in September
2019 after passing by the construction on Grand River.

Ingham County’s new animal shelter opens

Almost 200 cats and around 40 dogs are being cared for and await adoption in the new Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter. To maximize space, the new facility contains three meet-and-greet rooms that gives the shelter more space if extra animals were to be taken in. There are also double-sided dog kennels that allow the dogs to go outside and play on their new turf area, then go back into the kennel to rest. The shelter also has improved medical features as well. “Now we have a dedicated surgery suite, which is honestly it’s a fantastic facility.

Lansing honors those touched by suicide

It’s the end of suicide awareness month and the Lansing community came together with an awareness walk to support those affected by mental illness. The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is an annual event that happens throughout the country and is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. About one thousand people attended the gathering Saturday, September 27th at Hawk Island Park, raising almost $54,000. “Half of the money that we raise here stays locally and half
of it goes to the national level,” said Liz Baker, co-chair of the event. “The
national level provides advocacy and research and support.

Crunch Fitness opens up in East Lansing

Crunch Fitness in East Lansing officially opened on September 25th after four months of construction. Crunch is a gym found world wide. The one is East Lansing is just under 28,000 square feet and is located about two miles away from the campus of Michigan State University. The gym offers group classes and training as well as features like tanning and hydro-massages. “Super excited to be back in the Lansing area, and, you know, grew up here and went to Michigan State so just excited to give back to a community that gave me so much,” Adam Hourani, co-owner, said.