By Sheryl Levitt
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter
In April 2016, you will be able to live in the Cooley Law School Stadium outfield. A four-story building is in the midst of being built along the back of the ballpark. This new project will contain 84 apartments, 15 of which are already leased. A Unique Concept
According to Nick Grueser, general manager of the Lansing Lugnuts, this has been an idea long in the making. A few years ago, thoughts were floating around about adding an apartment complex to the stadium, but there just didn’t seem to be enough room.
By Emma-Jean Bedford
and Ian Wendrow
Listen Up, Lansing
LANSING-The question on everyone’s mind lately has been: “What’s happening with these roads?” But it’s not just roads that are troublesome. Lansing has recently been dealing with issues related to low residential population, a distinct lack of diverse businesses, and overall deteriorating infrastructure. An effort to address infrastructure funding is currently on the upcoming May 5 ballot, titled Proposal 1. Proposal 1 is a ballot initiative meant to raise funds, mostly for new road work, through changes in taxes. If passed, the House Fiscal Agency, a non-partisan agency within the House of Representatives that analyzes the financial effects of Michigan legislation, estimates that the tax increase would raise about $2.1 billion this fiscal year; of which $1.23 billion would go towards roads, $463.1 million to the state’s general fund, $292.4 million to schools and $89.9 million to local governments.
The Lansing City Council held a public hearing Monday during their regularly scheduled meeting regarding the requested rezoning of property on Dunckel Road with the intent of turning the vacant hotel there into an upscale student residential complex. “It’s obviously a huge positive for the economy as it would bring in many jobs that were not already there,” said Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, Monday, following the one hour meeting. Road to occupancy
The proposed process will take the property at 3600 Dunckel Road that currently is the home of the vacant Harley Hotel, and downzone it from an “F” commercial district and “J” parking district to a “DM-2” residential district. “We’re required through zoning that when something has less of a use than what it could be used for, we have to downzone it,” said Wood. “Right now it could be used for a gas station, hospital, all of those things.
By LACEE SHEPARD
Capital News Service
LANSING – Recent reports show many workers in the tourism industry nationally are struggling to live in the cities where they work, but not those in Michigan. A Center for Housing Policy report said employees aren’t able to afford homes or rent in the country’s top metro areas such as Honolulu or Santa Ana. Among them are housekeeper and wait staff, who often couldn’t afford fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment. The report said Michigan wait staff could afford rent and median-priced homes. Janet Viveiros, research associate at the National Housing Conference in Washington D.C. and co-creator of the Paycheck to Paycheck 2013 report, said the statistics are based on a lot of medians that exclude those don’t fall in the average – warning that looks may be deceiving.