Developers plan to turn the industrial complex at 735 Hazel St. into mix of apartments and office spaces.

Redevelopment of REO Town industrial complex takes step forward

A 100-year-old industrial complex near Lansing’s REO Town could soon become a mix of apartments and offices. Lansing City Council on Oct. 8 approved a brownfield tax incentive plan to reimburse the developer for environmental cleanup costs related to the site at 735 Hazel St. Project developers expect the first phase of the project to cost about $14.5 million. The incentive package would reimburse the developer about $5.8 million over 30 years for costs associated with cleaning up the property.

South Lansing battles against a planned self-storage unit

By Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up Lansing

LANSING — I oppose, I oppose, I oppose. These were the words that were firmly stated by many passionate south Lansing citizens at the Lansing City Council meeting on April 13. But, why? The vacant building at 930 W. Holmes Road is undergoing a rezoning debate within the community of south Lansing. Project developer Randy Yono is requesting to rezone this area in hopes of building an indoor self-storage unit.

Sparrow to expand in Lansing on old elementary school grounds

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

Sparrow Health System has the go-ahead to build a new cancer center and parking structure, the Lansing City Council decided on Feb. 23, 2015. The new additions will be located on the south side of East Michigan Avenue, west of the current Sparrow Professional Building. This project is estimated to cost $64 million and will consist of a five-story professional building with a four-story parking structure in a total of 132,000 sq. feet, according to Sparrow’s rezoning application.

Cameron Tool looks for tax break for expansion

By Josh Thall
The Lansing Star

Lansing- Cameron Tool Corporation’s application for a tax break was referred to the City of Lansing’s Development and Planning Committee, after public comments about the project were heard during the Lansing City Council meeting on Monday. Cameron Tool builds and repairs dies that cold form steel for the automotive industry and has been part of the Lansing community since 1966. The company is seeking a tax abatement  to expand its facilities. Cameron Tool, President Tracy Selden said the company has chosen to expand now because of its backlog of sales. “We need to stay ahead of the capacity curve,” Selden said.

Ribbon cutting held in Old Town

By Kasey Worst

Old Town Lansing staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING—In two stops, ribbon cutting ceremonies welcomed in three Old Town businesses on February 28, 2014. The ceremonies
The businesses, Four Blank & Ten Design Group, Leopold Bloom & Co., and Chierie International Market, had all been open for business before the ceremony. Louise Gradwohl, director of the Old Town Commercial Association, said there were multiple factors that postponed the ribbon cuttings, including finding someone to actually cut the ribbons. “It is sometimes hard to get a ribbon cutting with the mayor,” Gradwohl said. Originally Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was scheduled to attend; however he could not.

Council discusses possible sale of elementary school to laboratory

Lansing city council members discussed the possible sale of the former Moores Park Elementary School to PSO Laboratory LLC during their meeting Monday, Feb. 10. The council briefly discussed a letter in favor of the sale from Vice President Chong-Anna Canfora on behalf of the Moores Park Neighborhood Organization, and promptly moved the issue to the development and planning division. Moores Park Elementary, located at 316 Moores River Drive, closed in 2009.  PSO Laboratory LLC offered to purchase the property for $260,000, but the district will not proceed until it has been rezoned. Public opinion

President of the Moores Park Neighborhood Organization Paul Johns said that while “it’s hard to get every neighbor to vote,” most of the neighborhood’s citizens who have voiced their opinion support the sale of the school.

New student residential complex plan presented to the Lansing City Council



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.

Gold Medal-Winning Special Olympics Softball Team Honored by Lansing City Council

The Lansing Spartans, a Special Olympics Michigan softball team, received a special tribute ceremony at the Lansing City Council meeting on Oct. 8 for their performance in a national tournament. The team,  comprised of high school students both with and without intellectual disabilities from Lansing Eastern and Lansing Everett, won the gold medal at the 2013 Special Olympics North America Softball Invitational.  All members of the team, as well as its coaches, received a certificate recognizing their accomplishments and shook hands with the members of city council. Councilmember Jody Washington handed out the certificates  “We really want to thank all of you for being such great ambassadors for our city, and thank you so much coaches for taking the time to coach such a great group of kids,” she said.

Debate about Property Tax Millage Continues

By Katie Harrington
Old Town Times staff writer

Feelings about the property tax millage varied at the Lansing City Council meeting on Oct. 17.  While council members supported the millage, citizens argued against it. The millage, which consists of 1.5 mills for police funding, 1.5 mills for fire operations funding and one mill for other essential expenses such as repairing roads, is expected to raise $7.5 million in extra funding. “We have one of two things that we can do when our budget revenues don’t match our budget expenses,” said City Council President A’Lynne Robinson.  “We can make drastic reductions to our budget, which would include layoffs and cuts to services, or we can find ways to raise revenue.  And this is one way to raise millions of dollars to which everyone across the city can contribute.”

The changes that may occur if the millage does not pass include police officer layoffs and fire station closings.  The city has already closed two fire stations and more are currently in danger.  Council members also said that police and fire response times will drastically increase if the millage is voted down.