Pay to play: The cost of living in Old Town

By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

Living in a vibrant neighborhood means having cultural and fun events right in your back yard, but it also means paying more for living in a prime location. Old Town Lansing is one of those locations where the residents understand the reality of paying for the environment they live in. “I love this area,” Old Town resident Sarah Christiansen said. “I fell in love with it before I lived here, or bought a shop here.”

Christiansen is also a business owner and part of the board of the Old Town Commercial Association — she rents the second floor of her store for residential purposes. But living in Old Town includes amenities that are hard to find somewhere else.

Mason’s population is growing and changing

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer
Mason’s population increased almost 23 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census, and growth continues. By 2020, there will be 10,000 people living in Mason, compared to the 8,252 recorded in the last census, predicted Chamber of Commerce Director Douglas Klein. Klein said that Dart Container Corporation’s acquisition of Solo Cup Company in 2012 has brought the largest influx of residents—especially to the western part of Mason. Dart built a large warehouse in the past six months and will finish building a new administration building by the end of the summer. Klein said Dart hired 300 employees for its Mason facilities.

Grand Rapids firm blazes drone trail

By HEATHER HARTMANN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Imagine pulling on a harness, latching yourself to a wire and zip-lining through the treetops while a flying camera captures your wild ride on video. Fun fact: This actually happens. Expertise in Aerial Imaging uses unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly known as drones – to capture video and photo images. The Grand Rapids business, known as EAI, has shot aerial perspectives of events as diverse as off-road street-car racing for Rally America and zip-liners careening through a forest of green for the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. Showcasing high-end homes for real estate agents is also in the mix.

Dealing with the foreclosure crisis

By Taylor Miller
Williamston Post staff writer

Many Americans have been hit directly by the foreclosure crisis. With 30 percent of the real estate market distressed, the foreclosure process has become a daily reality for bankers and real estate agents. “There are 75 homes currently on the market in Williamston. Fourteen sales are pending, and 64 homes have sold year-to-date. Of the 64 homes, 21 are foreclosures,” said real estate agent Shelby Miller.