Lansing Township keeping a wary eye on neighboring Lansing’s crime rate

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township has been affected by the high crime rates of neighboring Lansing for years. That continues to be the case nowadays, and is a problem that the township must deal with. In 2014, the crime rate in Lansing was 44 percent higher than the national average according to areavibes, a service that provides demographics for cities. For Lansing Township citizen Brian Watkins, the crimes surrounding the area is a major issue. “I think anytime you are discussing crime, especially in a suburb of a bigger city it’s an issue.” Watkins said.

Abandoned houses being addressed in Lansing Township

By Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

There are some abandoned homes in Lansing Township, but it doesn’t seem to be as blighted as it used to be. Residents have noticed that the Lansing Township Office is making a sincere effort to take care of those eyesores. Mike Przedwojewski from Mike’s Auto Care on Rosemary St. in Lansing Township has an abandoned home right across the street from his business. He says he thinks it has had a negative effect on business.

Local veterans organization provides needed support for community

By Rachel Beard
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

For U.S. veterans, finding information about important issues like veterans care and benefits can be challenging. But for the 666 veterans living in Lansing Township, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Post 701, provides a vital support system. “There are so many organizations now that no one person could name them all, but many veterans are not aware that they even exist or that there are benefits available for them,” Vice President of the veterans organization Honor for All Kent Hall said. “There is no veterans phone book or lists available for us to contact a veteran in need. It is usually word of mouth.

Could Lansing Township be swallowed by the city of Lansing? Township says no way

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township is a very disjointed area, especially due to the township’s five contiguous locations. It has been asked, what does the future hold for the township? Could it ever dissolve, swallowed by the city of Lansing? If so, who would provide services and what would be some pros and cons? According to Lansing Township’s Supervisor, Diontrae Hayes, this idea is non-existent and deserved no chatter.

Students gain valuable experience in foal births

By Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

At the Michigan State University Horse Teaching and Research Center in Lansing Township, animal science students are an integral part of operations. They handle the foaling process on their own, adding important experience to their resumes. The knowledge of what to do when a foal is being born is passed down. There are always students present, some older. The older students teach the younger ones so they feel comfortable taking on the responsibility when it comes their time.

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 online gambling for real money at the casino games, and even the photo booths. “It is a very fun experience when you attend with family and friends.