The Park District Planning Area is a redevelopment-ready site located in downtown East Lansing that includes properties that are publicly and privately owned.
The privately owned properties were acquired by WGR Finance LLC. WGR Finance LLC is working with DRW Holdings LLC to develop the privately owned properties. Plans were submitted for the properties at 100-140 W Grand River Ave. in August 2016, which have since been revised by the applicant to include the publicly-owned properties owned by the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The newly revised plans were submitted in November 2016 and include the following:
At their meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the East Lansing Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the revised site plan and the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority reviewed and recommended approval of the plans at their meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016. View the staff report (PDF) on these plans.
The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority held a public hearing to review the plan at their meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017. With eight members present, they unanimously passed a motion to recommend approval of Brownfield Plan #23. The BRA recommendation will go to City Council for consideration on Jan. 10.
City Council held a public hearing on the rezoning of 314, 328, 334, 340 and 341-345 Evergreen Avenue from RM-32, City Center Multiple-Family Residential, and P, Parking to Conditional B-3, City Center Commercial District and the Site Plan and Special Use Permit on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 101 Linden St. Council approved the Site Plan, Special Use Permit and Brownfield Plan with some modifications at the Jan. 10 meeting. View the approved Brownfield Plan Resolution (PDF).
At their January 31, 2017 meeting, City Council heard a request from DRW to extend the time to complete demolition at 100-140 W. Grand River Ave. View DRW's Request (PDF). Council voted 4 to 1 to extend the deadline to April 30, 2017. The developer intends to submit a revised project soon for review by the Planning Commission in March.
Demolition of Buildings
The owners of the private properties demolished the Evergreen Arms Apartments, 341-345 Evergreen Ave., in July 2016 and the DDA-owned building at 303 Abbot Road was demolished in August 2016. The deadline for demolition of the properties fronting Grand River Avenue, between Abbot Road and Peoples Church, was extended by City Council to April 30, 2017.
Experts Weigh in on Park District Vision
Marybeth Graebert of the MSU Land Policy Institute previously wrote about the project. Read the article.
MLive asked two urban planners what they would envision for the Park District Planning area project. Read the opinions of Mark Wilson, professor at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, andZenia Kotval, professor at the MSU School of Planning Design and Construction.