Pattengill Middle School which will be turned into Eastern High School

Eastern High School prepares for new home

Lansing’s Eastern High School’s move to the Pattengill school site will mean a new community clinic, gym and a new laboratory wing. The high school is becoming a biomed pathway for students who want to pursue careers in medicine. The one-story laboratory wing will include four new labs. Also, the plan will transform the current library into a modern media center.

East Lansing, neighboring cities, partner with CATA to re-develop parts of downtowns

In downtown East Lansing, a major land redevelopment project is in the works that will affect land and street regulation. This project is known as Shaping the Avenue, and is a new initiative funded by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) that will focus on analyzing and evolving how land is used in Lansing, East Lansing, Lansing Township, and Meridian Township, particularly on Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue. One important aspect of this project will be the use of form-based codes that will help dictate how buildings, walkways and roads will look in the future. “(This project) will address transit-oriented development, zoning ordinances, how buildings and streets would look, and really kind of more consistently, you’ll see development more consistently be implemented along the corridor,” said Laurie Robison, the director of marketing for CATA. Robison also explained the role that CATA is playing in this project.

MIchigan state Capitol

Samaritas gives fresh starts to refugee children, seeks youth mentors in Greater Lansing

The factor that classifies someone as a refugee instead of an immigrant is a direct threat to their safety or the safety of their loved ones leaves no choice but to leave. Violence, natural disasters and other crises force people of all ages to flee; including some children and teenagers who leave behind their families and communities for a chance at life in a safe environment. The Michigan-based nonprofit organization Samaritas makes several areas in Michigan, including the Greater Lansing area, the safe haven for kids in such a situation. “We work only with youth that have been separated from their families so they’ve come over to the U.S. alone … we work only with people that have come into our program under the age of 18” says Mentor/Tutor Coordinator for Samaritas Celine Smith, explaining the focus demographic of the program she helps run.

Shuto Con hits the Lansing Center

Lovers of anime filled the Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel over the weekend, from March 23 to March 25 for Lansing’s annual Shuto Con anime convention. Shuto Con means “Capitol City”, and is named after Lansing, the city the convention is held in and Michigan’s capitol city. More than 1,000 people attended the first Shuto Con convention in 2011, and those attendance numbers have continued to rise annually. More than 6,000 people attended the convention last year. This year’s convention featured over 50 unique anime artists and dealers, in addition to thousands of anime fans dressed as their favorite fictional characters.

Protesters rally for water quality at the Capitol

The streets of downtown Lansing were full on Mar.17 with a marching protest for better control of our state’s water. This event was organized by a coalition of many groups, all who fight for specific and separate water issues, in hopes to create a snowball effect of change.  

Neighborhood tour addresses citizen’s concerns about roads

On March 19, the City of Lansing held their first Road Map Neighborhood Tour meeting at Letts Community Center. The goal of this meeting was to provide citizens information about road repair, deliver news about upcoming projects and let members of the community provide input on how road dollars should be spent. Andy Kilpatrick, Lansing’s Director of Public Service, presented an overview of Lansing’s roads. “This is the first time I’m aware that we’ve had meetings specifically around roads in this type of setting,” Kilpatrick said. According to research done by the Public Service Department, over 75 percent of Lansing’s roads are in a poor state.