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.
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.
High-profile incidents such as the shooting of Sexton High School students almost two months ago raise the question of whether Lansing’s public high schools are safe. One school that focuses on prevention is Eastern High School as the only one of the three Lansing public high schools that has partnered with the Resolution Services Center to implement a restorative justice approach
The center is a non-profit agency that has been working with schools in Ingham County for more than 20 years. The group’s goal is to address student conflicts and create a plan of action to help prevent them in the future. They achieve this through mediation following the idea of the BARJ triangle, which states that public safety is enhanced when young people are held accountable and given the competency to problem solve. Brandy Jones, Assistant Case Manager for the Resolution Services Center and Restorative Justice facilitator explained, “The goal is to figure out how we can move forward, how we can address the harm done and make an agreement everyone is happy with.”
Jones states that the program is both reactive and proactive, saying, “It works both ways because by identifying the issue and providing skill development for the students, they are able to apply it moving forward and they are able to use those problem solving skills to prevent future incidents.”
The Restorative Justice Program in Lansing is located in Eastern High School but serves the whole Lansing School District.