By Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
OKEMOS — The new Central Fire Station located at the corner of Okemos Road and Central Park Drive comes in a larger context of infrastructure redevelopment for Meridian Township. It has been fully-operational and providing emergency services since January. Fire Chief Fred Cowper believes this move from the antiquated station on Clinton Street to the new one was entirely necessary. “The [Clinton Street] fire station that we closed was built in 1957, and in 1957 there weren’t females in the fire service in our country,” said Cowper. “So it lacked separate bathrooms, showers and dormitories.
By Jaylyn Galloway
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
The former high school building that served as the Michigan School for the Blind campus along with the Abigail building will be redone as apartment buildings, according to Bob Johnson director of Planning & Neighborhood Development for the City of Lansing. The idea is to demolish the auditorium to create new multi-family apartment units and to redo the Abigail building and the old high school as senior housing, Johnson said. “We need to understand that affordable housing is capital and it will create economy for business,” Johnson said. With the aim of creating 60 units for seniors and 72 units for families the project total would end up costing $24.4 million. However, it would bring 150 jobs during the construction, Edmistion said.
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 Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
A project that would make Old Town Lansing greener and more accessible has been on hold for years. Just the fact there’s a project — albeit a paused one — is news to some. According to the website of the Old Town Commercial Association, “the City of Lansing is planning to redevelop Old Town’s section of Washington Avenue… (the) redevelopment will allow for bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly enhancements.”
The project will create bike lanes to Washington Avenue, add rain gardens and implement historic lighting that would match the ones on Grand River Avenue. The project also seeks to add back-in angled parking. However, Old Town Commercial Association Executive Director Austin Ashley said he is not aware of any updates to the project that was put on hold by the City of Lansing.
East Lansing buildings on the corners of Grand River, Abbot, and Evergreen roads could soon be getting a makeover. In the November election, East Lansing residents will vote on the proposed park district plan to redevelop the land, which has vacant for more than ten years. The vote is to authorize the sale of land from the city, to a developer. Darcy Schmitt is the Zoning and Planning Administrator for the City of East Lansing. She hopes the proposal is passed.
By Maleah Egelston
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
After a week of discussions and planning by local business leaders, politicians and community members, plans for restructuring and revitalizing one of the county’s busiest corridors are becoming clearer. The project, part of the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability, is designed to improve the area along Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue which stretches almost 20 miles from Lansing to Webberville. The main components of the project are making the corridor more walkable, increasing green space, improving existing infrastructure and new commercial and residential buildings to make the area more livable and desirable, said Victor Dover, a leaders of the project. “New development revitalizes the character of an area, but our priority is to add, not destroy,” Dover said. “We want to build upon what’s already there and rejuvenate the area.”
Leading the project is Bill Lennertz, executive director of the Portland based National Charrette Institute.