Tri-County Regional Planning Commission look to residents and professionals for brainstorming sessions

By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission asked members of nearby communities and professionals from across the country to put their heads together on ways to improve the Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue corridor with a charrette. A charrette is a planning and design session for problem solving. While these changes won’t happen overnight, they will give the planning commission direction on what the community wants for the future. Open houses and design sessions were held in Lansing and Okemos from Oct. 22-30.

Redevelopment in the works for the county's busiest corridor

By Maleah Egelston
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
        After a week of discussions and planning by local business leaders, politicians and community members, plans for restructuring and revitalizing one of the county’s busiest corridors are becoming clearer. The project, part of the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability, is designed to improve the area along Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue which stretches almost 20 miles from Lansing to Webberville.         The main components of the project are making the corridor more walkable, increasing green space, improving existing infrastructure and new commercial and residential buildings to make the area more livable and desirable, said Victor Dover, a leaders of the project.         “New development revitalizes the character of an area, but our priority is to add, not destroy,” Dover said. “We want to build upon what’s already there and rejuvenate the area.”

Leading the project is Bill Lennertz, executive director of the Portland based National Charrette Institute.