Mixed-use development planned for Old Town in limbo

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.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission look to residents and professionals for brainstorming sessions

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.