Disappearing history: Michigan sites dropped from National Register of Historic Places

The once-honored Beechwood Store in Iron River Township, the Flint Brewing Co., the shipwrecked schooner Alvin Clark in Menominee, the Fenton Seminary and the majestic Grand Riviera Theater in Detroit have all disappeared from the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service recently removed their recognition because they’ve been demolished, no longer retain their historic integrity and cannot convey their historic significance, the State Historic Preservation Office says. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT ST. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

Community-wide fundraising for Lapeer’s dog park

Friends of Lapeer Dog ParkA map that shows the layout of the Lapeer dog park that will be in Rotary Park. Funding has been doing on for two years for a new dog park which will be located at Rotary Park in Lapeer. The dogs will have it made with a fenced in three acres to roam off their leash, a shade company to cool down under and even their own doggy dish water fountain system. 

Rodney Church, the director of the Lapeer Parks and Recreations, said six years ago the Lapeer City Commissioners decided that Lapeer needed a dog park. The city of Lapeer agreed to donate a section of Rotary Park in Lapeer for the dog park, the only problem was Lapeer did not have available funds for the project, so it has become a community-wide fundraiser for the past three years. 

“We came up with a design, how much it was going to cost, and then we formed a subcommittee to help fundraise to raise money to build the park,” said Church. “It’s an official 501(c)(3), or a nonprofit organization, known as the Friends of Lapeer Dog Park that I oversee.”

The president of the Friends of Lapeer Dog Park, Troy Bostick-Tullius, said that the group meets the third Tuesday of every month to talk about ways in which they are going to be getting funding.

Will historic East Lansing landmark get needed updates?

For the first time since March 12, the Historic District Commission met July 9 and was filled with many public hearings. One in particular, however, may seem recognizable to natives and students of East Lansing. A large blue house, located at 415 M.A.C., is known not just for its loud color, but for it being one of the few properties left in East Lansing as a co-op landmark. The house is a part of the Michigan State University Housing Cooperative, and allows students to jointly control and have equal shares, membership and occupancy rights to the housing community. Photo of the Co-op, also known as Howland (Cred Mike McCurdy).

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Provision Living retirement community to be built on Abbot Road

As student housing high-rises stack up on Grand River Avenue, something different is coming to Abbot Road. Provision Living, a three-phrase senior living community, has been approved by the East Lansing City Council and will begin construction this spring. Provision Living Principal David Baylis attended the council’s Jan. 21 meeting to present his company’s vision. “Our core business is taking care of seniors and being part of communities,” Baylis said.

Williamston advances toward RRC certification

The Williamston City Council met on Feb. 10 to discuss the results of their Redevelopment Ready Communities evaluation. RRC Planner Brett Hanlon presented to the council about his findings and what they have to proceed to do to reach certification. Williamston will continue on the path to becoming a certified RRC community in the coming month.

Watch Focal Point: Mel Tucker becomes the new football coach, New Hampshire Democratic Primaries, Michigan towns apply for make-overs

This week on Focal Point, we’re live from a local flower shop to see how people are sharing the love on Valentine’s Day. Over the weekend, the Lansing Women’s Expo celebrated 20 years with more than 300 attendees. The Lansing Pup House celebrates Valentine’s Day with their pets during speed dating for dogs.  In entertainment, the 92nd Oscar’s had a lot of firsts and Justin Bieber returns from a four-year hiatus with a new album. 

This and more on this episode of Focal Point.

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East Lansing’s Newman Lofts have amenities, seek tenants

Retirement is a relaxing time for people. After a long career of hard work, couples ride off into the sunset and move to luxurious condos or houses in sunny Florida, California, or … East Lansing? “Newman Lofts are East Lansing’s first 55+ only living option,” Newman employee Mae Holdwick said. “If younger people apply, they won’t be getting a lease right now.”

With construction finishing up in Fall 2019, the Newman Lofts are hard to miss. Located in the heart of East Lansing, the Lofts offer some of the best amenities of any apartment complex on campus.