East Lansing Historic Districts at Risk

By Chloe Kiple

Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING– Proposed state legislation could put East Lansing’s historic districts in jeopardy. House Bill 5232 and Senate Bill 0270, which are currently on the floor of the Michigan legislature, propose to dissolve historic districts after ten years unless opposed by a 2/3 majority of property owners in the historic districts. The bill defined a historic district as any place with one or more resources related to history, architecture, archaeology or culture within its boundaries.  East Lansing has six historic districts, Hillcrest Village, Chesterfield Hills, College Grove, Collegeville, Oakwood and Bailey. Members of the East Lansing Historic District Commission and city council have publicly opposed this legislation for a multitude of reasons.