Lansing Economic Development Corp. approves brownfield plan

Denver Williams on the Brownfield development plan. The Lansing Economic Development Corporation board of directors approved a new Brownfield development plan in Lansing on Friday, October 7, 2022. Brownfield properties are ones in which the redevelopment may be difficult due to chemical contamination. Redeveloping these properties reduces urban sprawl, protects the environment and produces new economic opportunities. Conner Zook and Dave Vanhaaren from Triterra, a Michigan-based environmental consulting firm, were present at the board meeting and gave a presentation on the environmental hazards  affecting this Brownfield site.

A paper banner in the school says "Farewell."

Lansing School Board votes to demolish, build new Mt. Hope

A $130 million bond was approved by voters in May to begin the demolition and rebuilding of four schools in the Lansing School District. One of these schools is the Mt. Hope STEAM school.

Mt. Hope STEAM school opened in 1949. There are now plenty of irreparable building issues, including no air conditioning, a malfunctioning boiler room, inoperative bathrooms, as well as other structural problems.

Get to know Hooked: A coffee, wine and bookstore in Lansing

A graphic created on Canva that represents the key elements offered at Hooked. Graphic credit: Paige McCallum. Hooked, located on East Michigan Avenue, is a wine, coffee and bookstore that opened in April of 2022 owned by two Michigan State professors, Sarah Reckhow and Matt Grossmann. The small business offers a variety of events, foods and drinks that are all on their website. Hooked has also become a space for community events which is what co-founders Reckhow and Grossman have always intended to incorporate.

Roadwork irritates drivers endangers pedestrians, bikers

Construction in Lansing is ramping up this fall as the city makes changes along Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo Street and Clippert Street. Brooke Miller, a senior at Michigan State who works on campus, has been living off campus since her junior year along Michigan Avenue. Her typical route to work is unaffected by construction, however, her route home is continuously changing. Miller has found that her commute time is increasing, as her patience is decreasing. “I drive to campus for some classes…and I also drive my car to work.