On June 4, 2015, Colin Cronin of DTN Management Company submitted a Letter Requesting that the City of East Lansing Re-engage with DTN (PDF) on their previously withdrawn Park District proposal, which included building on four DDA-owned parcels on Evergreen Avenue as well as three City-owned parcels that are currently surface parking lots. The previous proposal included an office building, a parking structure, multi-family rental housing, owner-occupied housing, rental housing restricted to residents that are 55+ and commercial retail space. The DDA has approved an Amended Pre-Development Agreement (PDF) at their June regular meeting. The agreement was discussed with City Council on July 7, 2015 at their work session and approved by City Council on August 4, 2015.
The City of East Lansing invited experienced developers to submit qualifications and conceptual proposals in October 2012. The Park District Planning Area RFQ/P (PDF)
was drafted after two public meetings in early September to solicit
community input. More than 100 community members attended the two
meetings. The RFP/Q was due on Feb. 8, 2013.
The Park District Planning Area Review Team was appointed by the
Downtown Development Authority in February 2013 to review the submitted
proposals. The Review Team held a series of public meetings to review
the criteria, score the proposals, conduct candidate interviews and
conduct a financial review of the top three candidates.
22, 2013, the Review Team voted to recommend the proposals from DTN
Management Company and Lurvey White Ventures to City Council for further
consideration as potential development partners for the Park District
Planning Area. City Council ultimately selected DTN Management Company
as the development partner for the Park District Planning Area on Aug.
The RFQ/P was the first step toward selecting a
developer and a project. There are multiple other steps involved in the
process, including significant due diligence and feasibility studies,
approval of a development agreement, design work, a site plan review and