By Rachel Beard
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter
In order to develop commercial areas to their fullest potential, it is common for governments to rely on bonds to pay for these developments. Lansing Township is no exception. But at the end of the day – or fiscal year – who is responsible for paying off these bonds? “The DDA (Downtown Development Authority) pays all of the bond payments,” Lansing Township Treasurer Leo Rodgers said. “No bond payments are made from Lansing Township’s operating budget.”
What makes a community feel like home? For Tracy Miller, the director of the Delhi Charter Township Department of Community Development, it’s a lot more than just new sidewalks, flowers and flagpoles. “Having a strong sense of place helps to attract people, who in turn help to attract businesses,” she said. Miller is working with the Downtown Development Authority of the Delhi Charter Township to revitalize Cedar Street by investing in infrastructure that will help businesses to thrive. “I don’t think that anyone would argue with me if I said that we continue to have businesses here that struggle,” Miller said at a DDA meeting at the end of September.
Okemos resident Amna Khan has worked at the Holt Pharmacy since it opened a year and a half ago. When the pharmacy first opened, the Marathon Gas Station next door was bustling, she said. “But I must say, when we opened and people were pumping their gas and looking over at us, it helped business,” she said. Khan said that while they haven’t seen a direct dip in sales since the gas station closed this past year, the atmosphere of the block has changed. “It used to be really alive and we felt really safe,” she said.