The successful events and volunteer service in the past year has been nothing but amazing for the citizens of Old Town. However, it is ready for the next step of expanding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lansing’s unemployment rate has dropped nearly 10 percent over the past 10 years, however in cities like Detroit it remains at 12 percent. With families being brought in from the city because of how expensive it is to live there, Old Town must look toward to the future and expand. The main goal of Old Town business leadership for 2017 is deciding whether or not they should expand its boundary physically or the overall perception of it.
By Zachary Barnes
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
The plan to add a mixed-use community development to Old Town is in the process of trying to obtain more financing. It’s been about two and a half years since Mayor Virg Bernero announced $3 million in renovation for the property that stands at 1113 N. Washington Ave. Since then, the property to the right of it, 1119 N. Washington Ave., has been torn down, leaving the lone tattered and vacant building by itself. Dr. Sam Saboury, the head of the project, plans to add on to the current building, bringing in 18 one-bedroom lofts, 5 two-bedroom units, and 5,035 square feet of space to be rented for a commercial shop or shops. The hope for him is to start the project this summer.
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.