The East Village is a 35-acres area bounded by East Grand River Avenue on the north, Hagadorn Road on the east, the Red Cedar River on the south and Bogue Street on the west.

The entire district was platted for single family homes in several subdivisions with pastoral names such as Fairview, Elmwood, East Lawn and Riverdale. In the 1960s and '70s, Michigan State University student population began to rise sharply and demand for off-campus housing became acute. As a result, single family houses were converted to rental houses. In addition, 24 multi-family complexes were constructed in this area between 1963 and 1970. Records indicate that all of the single family houses received their first rental licenses between 1974 to 1976 when the licensing requirement first began.

Profile for East Village in 2006
  • Population: 1,807
  • 636 households
  • 5 fraternities
  • 1 cooperative
  • 22 traditional rental houses
  • 3 retail stores
  • 3 food service establishments
  • 2 auto-related businesses
Goals & Objectives
  1. Creating an Exciting Urban Village
    Goal 1: Create a unique, high-density, mixed-use land use pattern in the East Village Planning Area
  2. Establishing a New Riverfront Park
    Goal 2: Create a new riverfront park and walkway along the Red Cedar River
  3. Creating Opportunities for Business Growth
    Goal 3: Encourage small, unique and locally owned business growth in the East Village
  4. Planning for Pedestrians and Better Circulation
    Goal 4: Establish appropriate pedestrian and vehicular circulation and parking facilities to support new land use patterns
  5. Promoting Architectural Character and Quality
    Goal 5: Develop urban design standards to direct the scale and character of new development in the East Village
  6. Enhance the Quality of the Environment
    Goal 6: Address environmental challenges in connection with redevelopment