The City of East Lansing has received an application for a mixed-use redevelopment project that proposes to include significant placemaking improvements to Albert Avenue and Grand River Avenue, the addition of both senior housing (93 rental units) and mixed market housing (271 rental units), street level retail and the addition of a national grocery and soft goods retailer. The project would be located along Grand River Avenue and Albert Avenue, including 125, 133, 135 and 201-209 E. Grand River Ave. and the City's Albert Avenue Parking Lot, 200 Albert Ave. The total project site is 2.02 acres.
An estimated $132 million will be invested in the site. In addition to the placemaking improvements proposed, the project would also include a new 613-space parking structure and new utility infrastructure. The City would take on no debt associated with any of the improvements.
About the Development Team
The development team is made up of both local and national partners. Locally, the Ballein family, owners of the Student Book Store and several other commercial properties, has assembled the privately held parcels and has established a partnership with Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors, LLC, based in Richmond, Ill. Their consulting team includes BKV Group, Kimley Horn, Baird and Associates, AKT Peerless and others.
Community members are welcome to share their feedback on the proposed Center City District project. Community members are also welcome to attend any of the public meetings listed below. The timeline will be updated regularly as new meetings and public hearings are scheduled.
2003 and 2007
RFPs issued for Albert Avenue Parking Lot
Senior Housing Analysis and Survey completed
City Council approved Ordinance 1384 to ensure that housing dedicated to seniors would be included in the downtown
Development team begins discussion with City about potential project
Development team begins discussion about potential Brownfield Plan with the City
Development team submits Site Plan and Brownfield Plan