East Lansing City Council candidate Kathleen Boyle

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By Erin Hampton
Entirely East Lansing writer

Kathleen Boyle an running in the Nov. 5 election to complete the remainder of a four-year term on the East Lansing City Council.

Boyle has served on the City Council for two years and was appointed in September 2012 to fill the spot of Donald Power after his resignation in August 2012. To complete the four-year term, Boyle will have to be elected.

Boyle said she had a great experience being on the council.

“It’s a good group of people to work with and I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” Boyle said.

Boyle has been a resident of East Lansing since 1985. She has served on the East Lansing Housing Commission and the Red Cedar Community Association board of directors. Boyle is an attorney and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Ingham County Bar Association.

Boyle said that during her term she will focus on developing downtown.

“I would like to see a thoughtful planned-out development of the downtown area,” said Boyle.

She said that the council is working with developers to execute these plans. She said that there is a plan underway to develop the corner of Abbott Road and Grand River Avenue.

She said that projects like this can be more difficult because the city does not have much control over these areas because they are private property.

Boyle said that there must be a balance between new development and neighborhoods in East Lansing since neighborhoods are a key attraction to the city.

“Neighborhoods are what make East Lansing such a nice place to live,” said Boyle. “That is the balance you have to achieve so that there isn’t a negative input on the neighborhoods. I think East Lansing is going to develop no matter what, but the role of the City Council is to help develop and make that happen,” Boyle said.

Boyle also said that she would like to encourage more diversity along Grand River, specifically, in terms of age and income.

“I’d like to see if we can interest someone to develop housing targeted at seniors,” said Boyle.

She said that on the East Lansing website, there are recent survey results of people 51 years and older that said senior citizens would like to live along Grand River, preferably, walking distance to Michigan State University’s campus.

Boyle said it is important that the City Council gives residents multiple opportunities to give their input.

“Citizen input is always welcome,” said Boyle.

Boyle added that working with East Lansing groups such as the planning, building and development department, the housing commission and the downtown development authority will help put the development goals into action.

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