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 have recently been acquired by WGR Finance LLC. WGR Finance LLC is working with DRW Holdings LLC to develop the privately owned properties. Plans have been submitted for the properties at 100-140 W Grand River Avenue. These plans are being revised by the applicant to include the publicly-owned properties owned by the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA). It is anticipated that a public hearing will be held on revised plans at an East Lansing Planning Commission meeting in October.
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 properties fronting Grand River Avenue, between Abbot Road and Peoples Church, will be demolished as soon as possible pending approval of a site plan and amended incentive agreements from the State.
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.