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The Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved the large Red Cedar Renaissance project yesterday, and the plan will now go for council approval next week. Remediation will begin this summer if things stay on schedule.


https://twitter.com/lansingmichigan/...45181252481025

Student housing has been moved to the plinth, and other uses have been re-arranged. Parking for the massive park has been moved where the student housing was on the east side of the property. From the LSJ:

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LANSING — Construction crews could break ground on a $250 million, six-building project on the former Red Cedar Golf Course as early as September.

The project will include 1,100 beds of student housing, 150 market-rate apartments, two hotels and an assisted living and memory-care facility. Plans also call for restaurants, retail space, an amphitheater and a public park.

And, under the terms of a brownfield plan which will be submitted to the City Council next week, Lansing would reimburse developers Joel Ferguson and Frank Kass for about $54 million worth of infrastructure work over a 30-year period, said Bob Trezise, the president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.
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The project also includes 25 acres of parkland and open space, including a river trail system.

Once the hotels, restaurants, retail spaces and the memory care facility are up and running, it is expected to create nearly 400 full-time jobs.
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Pile driving began last week for 100 West Grand River. Foundation permits were also filed for the neighboring Graduate East Lansing hotel, so we should be seeing that begin construction next month. Loopnet appears to have linkable renderings for this one:







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https://www.instagram.com/p/BueO1IPATyz/

This one is nearly topped out. The main roof is done, but the final pour is for the highest roof, which is the outdoor amenities deck.
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The Hub is finally topped out (March 8): https://www.facebook.com/story.php?s...84732398457159



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As nice as these new high-rises are, I really wish East Lansing would focus more on fine-grain incremental development, and major street calming measures.
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Early rumblings of another large (600+ beds) student housing high-rise immediately behind The Hub:

Another Big Student Housing Project for East Lansing?

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Core Spaces, developer of the Hub project under construction at Bogue Street, is now looking to do a second, similar high-rise student housing project just south of The Hub.

Records show that Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann met with the developers about this project last week, and Council Members Aaron Stephens and Ruth Beier met with them yesterday.

Representing Core Spaces, attorney David Pierson confirmed for ELi today that plans are in the works.

“Core Spaces has a contract to buy additional property on Bogue Street, located immediately south of the Hub,” Pierson told ELi. “The reception and leasing for the Hub reinforce Core’s belief that East Lansing and MSU are a great market for high-quality student housing located pedestrian to campus and that the East Village is the right location to build more.”
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Pierson says that the new project would, like the Hub, be build without tax increment financing (TIF). That could mean a big tax windfall for the City of East Lansing, assuming the project doesn’t deflate taxable values elsewhere in the City.
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600 East Michigan - the one that will include the urban-concept Meijer - is inching closer and closer to construction. The developer put out a picture of the heavy equipment on site, recently:


https://twitter.com/GillespieGrp/sta...49704517992453

Aside from the grocery store on the ground floor, this one will have 36 apartments. Nextdoor and adjacent will be the 124-room hotel with 10,000 square foot first-floor lounge. The hotel will also have a cafe and conference space.
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A sandy beach is coming to Lansing's riverfront

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LANSING — Lansing residents will have a sandy escape near the Grand River by the end of the summer.

Rotary Park, which will stretch from the Lansing Center to the Shiawassee Street Bridge, will also have an outdoor fireplace, a lighted forest, a plaza and a sculpture patio.

And it will have a beach area with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
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Construction will start in a few weeks and the park should be finished by August, said Laurie Baumer, the Community Foundation’s executive vice president.


Lighted forest at the north end of the park:



I suspect this will be seasonal in that they'll remove or cover over the "beach" at the end of summer. I'd hope so, anyway.
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Lansing mayor: All city buildings will run on 100 percent renewable energy

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LANSING — Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is promising to power all 187 city facilities with 100 percent renewable energy, assuming City Council approves the added cost.

Lansing officials plan to spend an estimated $280,000 more annually to buy renewable energy from the Lansing Board of Water & Light, a city-owned utility.

Officials said Monday afternoon they did not know offhand how much the city currently spends to power its buildings.
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Thats great news! The beach project will be a nice addition to the city as well.
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From last week, but some photo updates of Park District and Center City in East Lansing: https://www.eastlansingbuzz.org/sing...ate-03-22-2019

At Park District, 100 West Grand River has its stair and elevator cores started. The tower crane will come soon. The Graduate Hotel on the other lot was issued permits, finally, so if foundation work hasn't already begun, it will within the coming week.



At Center City, Landmark has gotten most of its windows and paneling continues. In the interior, there are now finished apartments up to the 5th floor. On Newman Lofts, it is 2/3 topped out. It's ground floor retail is coming along nicely with buildouts and brick.



Not much to see at The Hub down the street. It's topped out, drywall has reached level 7. Metal and brick work continues on the facade. Here's a shot of the rooftop deck from a few days ago:


https://www.facebook.com/HubOnCampus...type=3&theater
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In Lansing, barriers were erected yesterday around the site of 600 East Michigan, the mixed use Meijer, apartment and hotel development in the Stadium District.








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Seems like those projects get into gear quite quickly once given the go-ahead. Good stuff.
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The Park Place high-rise has requested a delay of its project after a few obstacles popped up. The first is the uncertainty that City Council will ultimately approve the 160-foot height overlay for downtown. The Planning Commission voted 8-1 to recommend denial for this ordinance. Without it, the 159-foot Park Place East can not be built as currently planned. The second obstacle is that the developers want to get shovels in the ground as quickly as possible, and having to wait for all of the condo pre-sales they'd have to nail down before construction would start is not a risk they want to take.

They are now wanting to resubmit the scaled down plan to council on April 15th. It's really not much of a scaled down version, than it is what they originally proposed. Park Place east will have its 13 and 14 floors cut off to fit into the current 140-foot height limit. They'd added these floors as the city was requiring them to put up a plaza along the southside of Park Place East, which forced out a restaurant and retail space planned for that section of the building. To recoup the revenue that'd be lost for that, they added two more floors of condos. Park Place West is undergoing a total redesign.





What I hope is that the redesign of Park Place West - the shorter of the two - is for aesthetic and bulk purposes, and not because they plan on getting rid of the theater.
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Demolition for 600 East Michigan has officially begun:



Contractors prep downtown Meijer site

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TUESDAY, April 2 — A downtown grocery store in Lansing is a step closer.

Demolition has begun to clear the site of the Gillepsie Co.’s mixed use project that will include hotel and apartments along with a mini-Meijer.

Five large excavators rolled onto the corner of Michigan Avenue and Larch Street last month. Fencing was put up around the site last week. Signs went up this morning and the backside of Brogan’s tire and auto service came down today. Groundbreaking is expected this month, sources said, wih completion late next year.

“If we don’t hit that date, we’re in trouble,” Pat Gillespie said previously. “We’ll need to start the project by April.”
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The hotel will be developed by nationally known Concord Hospitality, the management team behind familiar names like Hyatt, Couryard and Renaissance and will include between 120 to 125 rooms. The name of the hotel has remained a secret but could likely be revealed at Gillespie’s upcoming plans for an announcement.

Another 36 to 40 apartments will also be merged into the structure for those seeking the “downtown living experience.” Gillespie said nearly all of them will likely become one-bedroom apartments to help meet the market demand. A stairwell will also allow residents direct access to Meijer without ever stepping outside.
Down the street at 2222 East Michigan, the 4-story Provident Place - which has been crawling - appears to have restarted with the framing of the second floor. This one will have 33 apartments and 9,500 of commercial space.

At the former Downtown YMCA site, foundation work is beginning on the 4-story Metro Place. This one will have 145 loft-style apartments and nearly 7,000 square feet of commercial space.
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Matthew Dae Smith | Lansing State Journal

Former Belen's Flowers building in downtown Lansing to become apartments, retail space

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LANSING — A long-vacant property near downtown is getting a revamp.

Blocks from the Capitol, the buildings that once housed Belen's Flowers and the Rosary Book and Gift Shoppe are undergoing a $1.4 million renovation.

The two buildings at 513-515 and 517-519 Ionia Street should reopen as apartments and retail space this year, developer Scott Schmidt said.

Schmidt, who owns Vesta Building Industries, lives nearby on Ottawa Street and said he and his kids pass by the buildings often and noticed the space's potential.
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Once the renovations conclude, the buildings will consist of two efficiency units and four two-bedroom apartments alongside 4,700 square feet of retail space. Schmidt said he plans to start leasing the spaces in the next few months.
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An update on the MSU STEM Teaching and Learning Facilities, which is incorporating the old Shaw Lane Power Plant into its design.



First-of-its kind timber product to be used in MSU building

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Michigan State University’s future STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product, rather than concrete and/or steel, for its load-bearing structure.

Known as mass timber, this framing style uses large solid or engineered wood. The $100 million facility will be constructed of glue-laminated wooden columns and cross-laminated timber, or CLT, a relatively new product for the floors and ceilings.

“As a leading public research university, MSU has the fantastic opportunity to showcase these innovative and sustainable construction methods in the state of Michigan,” said Satish Udpa, MSU’s acting president. “I am delighted to see university operations, including building construction, pull from our state’s history as a lumber leader and mesh with the engineering capabilities of advanced materials.”

CLT is a wood panel made from gluing layers of solid wood at cross-grain to result in a lightweight and strong panel. It’s been used in Europe for more than 20 years, with recent interest in Canada and the U.S., especially on the West Coast.
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The new building will be constructed around the former Shaw Lane Power Plant, adjacent to Spartan Stadium. The renovation will include a student science studio space and a vibrant commons area with a cafe. Two new mass timber wings will offer 117,000 square feet of modern teaching labs, responding to STEM course demand, which has increased 40 percent in the last 10 years at MSU.
The panels are being delivered this month. The building is scheduled to open Fall of next year.
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Concrete pours began on Monday for the new McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital in the University Corporate Research Park on the far-eastside, officially beginning construction:





https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/...in/3367812002/

- Construction equipment is on site for the Graduate Hotel going up in downtown Lansing at Park District. Though, they are requesting a modification to the site plan for this one. They want to remove two small retail units on the ground floor - neighboring 100 West Grand River's ground floor is almost entirely retail - and move the hotel's fitness center and some back-of-house services down that way. However, they also want to activate a coutyard that had been planned mostly just to be a landscaped area with a few seats.

- Speaking of Park District, 100 West Grand River already has the base of its tower crane built, and they've already started framing the ground floor.

- 600 East Michigan continues apace with more demolition work taking place on site yesterday. The mayor was on-site yesterday for a photo-op:



https://twitter.com/andyschor/status...18308530147328



https://twitter.com/GillespieGrp/sta...02063365861377

- Provident Place at 2222 East Michigan down the avenue looks to be framed up to the 3rd or its 4 floors.
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- The East Lansing City Council passed the modified site plan for the Graduate Hotel the other night, which means there won't be a potential slow down in its construction, which is imminent.

- At the same meeting, and in something of a surprise, the council narrowly passed a new height overlay district for most of the downtown zoning district in East Lansing, which raises the maximum allowable height in the district to 160 feet (from 140 feet). Still 20 feet off from the 180-foot height limit in Ann Arbor, but the 140 feet had been a hard 140-foot limit for decades. So it was a surprise that the council passed it.
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