Eastwood Towne Center wants to continue to expand, despite Walmart setbacks

By Grant Essenmacher and Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporters

Lansing Township has played host to the massive outdoor shopping plaza Eastwood Towne Center since 2002. The township and shopping center have long been known to have a welcoming relationship to new businesses and owners looking for expansion. However, the Walmart located in Eastwood Towne Center has led to an apparent rift with the township. Their expansion plan has been delayed due to an ongoing case with the Lansing Township Board. Walmart originally started working on a plan for the extension with the Lansing Township planning commission back in 2003, but the economic recession in 2008 delayed their plans for construction to 2015.

Plans for Walmart extension delayed by township planning commission


The grassy area beside the Walmart store in Eastwood Towne Center may be a construction site for an extension to the Walmart, but only if the site plan can make it past the Lansing Township Planning and Development Commission. Video by Rachel Beard. By Rachel Beard and Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Reporters

Walmart has been planning an extension to their store in Eastwood Towne Center since 2003, and although the plan was scheduled to be complete in January 2015, recent setbacks have put their plans on hold once again. “We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers in Lansing, but we have no news to announce at this time,” Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield said. Walmart originally started working on a plan for the extension with the Lansing Township planning commission back in 2003, but the economic recession in 2008 delayed their plans for construction to 2015.

Lansing Township set to begin construction on sidewalks in residential areas

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township is in the process of renovating sidewalks in local neighborhoods. After voters passed the Street and Sidewalk Repair millage on Aug. 5, 2014, the township will begin with the repair plan this spring. According to the millage, the approximate amount of $124,000 will be divided between sidewalk replacement and repairs and local road repairs over the next 10 years. Under the plan, each year the township will designate the districts that are in the biggest need to be remodeled.

Voter turnout in township ‘mirrors trends that we see around the country’

By Rachel Beard
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

The March 8, 2016 presidential primary resulted in a record-breaking voter turnout in Michigan, and, while perhaps not record-breaking, Lansing Township also experienced a higher turnout than usual. “Well, [voter turnout] was double what it was four years ago,” Lansing Township Clerk Susan Aten said. “It was higher than it normally is, for that particular election.”

The average turnout here was 35 percent. “Our precincts ranged from 25 to 43 percent,” Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes said. “Information comes from the clerk’s office and [is] also posted on Ingham County’s website.”

Christopher Larimer, Professor of American Politics at the University of Northern Iowa, attributes this increase in turnout to the large number of Republican candidates running for office.

Is a Dave & Buster’s coming to Lansing Township? Rumors say yes, but officials say maybe not

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township officials and residents are excited about a possible Dave & Buster’s being brought to Lansing. “Yeah, I’ve been to Dave & Buster’s before,” said 20-year-old Lansing resident Tyreeze Weddington. “I really liked how I was able to play around as if I was still a kid and an adult at the same time. Such as with the basketball games and the casino games, and even the photo booths. “It is a very fun experience when you attend with family and friends.

Lansing Township: ‘business as usual’ following arrest of Stuart Dunnings III

By Rachel Beard, Hannah Brenner, Grant Essenmacher and Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporters

Lansing Township citizens and leadership turned on their televisions on March 14 and were shocked to hear Attorney General Bill Schuette announce that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III had been arrested and faced with 15 separate charges related to prostitution. “I have worked with Stuart Dunnings while I have served as Attorney General,” Schuette said. “I am saddened that an elected official who holds a special trust from voters and is the chief prosecutor in our capital city would allegedly engage in conduct causing felony and misdemeanor charges to be filed.”

But for Lansing Township officials, it’s been business as usual since Dunnings’ arrest. Lansing Township Police Chief Kay Hoffman realizes that the necessary reaction is to keep moving forward, operating and protecting citizens as if everything is normal. “We are moving on and operating as we normally do,” Hoffman said.

Lawsuit seeks to assign blame for alleged groundwater pollution

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Who is to blame for allegedly polluted groundwater in Lansing Township? An ongoing lawsuit seeks to find out. On May 8, 2014, Lansing Township filed a lawsuit in federal court within the Western District of Michigan, against Lansing’s Board of Water and Light (LBWL). The suit sought for recovery costs and damages of the North Lansing Landfill (NLL). There were harmful substances and contaminated ground water, due to slurry walls and fly ash.

Changes occurring on the Lansing Township Board of Trustees

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

The Lansing Township Board of Trustees has made changes at its supervisor position. Kathy Rodgers, who served as the supervisor for three years and held public office for 30 years, retired on Feb. 29. The board has elected Trustee Diontrae Hayes to serve the remainder of Rodgers term, which ends in November. They now have an open trustee position, and are accepting applications for that position until March 18.

Two barn cats are setting an example for outdoor feline care in Lansing Township

By Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

“Julio is coolio because he has more white!” is the rhyme Michigan State University Horse Teaching and Research Center Farm Manager Paula Hitzler uses to tell the two barn cats apart. They were littermates, and are very similar in appearance but have distinct personalities. “As soon as Julio hears kids’ voices he will run up to them. Pablo is a little more standoffish,” said Hitzler. “They love cuddling people,” Molly Manuell, a sophomore in the two-year Horse Management program, said affectionately.

Local man works to keep Lansing Township dogs healthy and happy

By Rachel Beard and Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporters

Taking care of a dog can be an overwhelming experience. But for Adam Scheidt, owner of the Mutt Hut, it’s more than an experience — it’s his living. After adopting a rescue dog five years ago, Scheidt realized how good he was at helping dogs. His family and friends convinced him to pursue a career in it. “A lot of people, family, friends, were telling me they had noticed, within a couple years, quite a difference with him,” Scheidt said.