By Nourhan Dakroury
Lansing Township News staff writer
LANSING TOWNSHIP- The Hyatt Place Hotel, which is being built in the Heights At Eastwood, is expected to be ready in the fall of 2013, according to a recent interview with Matt Brinkley, senior planner of Lansing Township.
The addition of the hotel was announced in the summer of 2012 by Steven Hayward, executive director of the Eastwood Downtown Development Authority.
The Heights At Eastwood area is opposite the NCG Cinema in Eastwood Towne Center.
The Downtown Development Authority’s aim is achieving multiple use of land in the area, Brinkley said.
The Eastwood masterplan area, which includes 500 acres, is aimed at becoming economically sustainable, Brinkley said.
The aim is not keeping the Eastwood area exclusively for retail use.
Sue Rosenberger, vice chairperson of the Eastwood Downtown Development Authority, agrees.
“People like the fact that they don’t have to drive everywhere,” Rosenberger said.
“The trend in developing these centers right now is that people want to live, shop and eat in the same area,” she said.
Offices are on the agenda for the development, Brinkley said.
Entertainment venues are also vital. The development already includes the NCG movie theatre and Bar 30.
A new concert performance venue and a restaurant are the next project for Chuck Senatore, co-founder of Bar 30 and part-owner of Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza.
Both the performance venue and the restaurant are expected to open in the fall of 2013, Senatore said.
A trail might be added around the retention pond on the northeast side of the parking structure, Brinkley said.
The need for such a trail will be determined by the people who live there, Rosenberger said.
According to Eastwood masterplan, the Downtown Development Authority should be fully developed within 10 to 15 years, Brinkley said.
“If the economy begins to improve, we will see things (in the development) improve slowly, but steadily,” he said.
The Downtown Development Authority is waiting for the building permits for the Hyatt Place Hotel and the apartment complexes, which include 124 apartments, Brinkley said.
The apartments will be financed by the DTN management and should be ready for lease by April 2014.