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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Request for Qualifications Released for East Lansing Public Mural

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Arts Commission (ELAC) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified artists for a public mural in downtown East Lansing.The selected artist will create a public mural that is representativ...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

East Lansing DDA to Host Second Community Art Exhibit in Downtown East Lansing Businesses

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project,” the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host its second community art exhibit at participating downtown East Lansing busine...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are fiv...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

City of East Lansing’s State of Emergency and Downtown Mask Order Extended

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At the East Lansing City Council meeting this past Tuesday, Feb. 23, the City Council approved a policy resolution extending East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens’ declaration of a City State of Emergency and the&...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

East Lansing Residents Advised of Upcoming Telephone Survey on Police-Community Relations

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing residents are advised that a police-community relations telephone survey will be conducted for the City of East Lansing over the next two weeks, March 1-14. The survey will be administered by EPIC-MRA, a Lansin...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Downtown East Lansing TikTok Challenge Winner Announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is excited to announce the winner of the downtown East Lansing TikTok Challenge.The TikTok Challenge was hosted by the DDA as part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. ...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are fiv...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of East Lansing Holding 2021 Assessor’s Review

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing's 2021 assessment notices are expected to be received by East Lansing property owners during the last week of February.Assessed and taxable values for real property parcels are available now at https://bsaonl...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

East Lansing Rotary Club, City of East Lansing to Launch Downtown Weekend Warrior Program

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As a part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project,” the East Lansing Rotary Club will be partnering with the City of East Lansing to launch the Downtown Weekend Warrior Program this Saturday, ...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

City of East Lansing Recognizes Supporters of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project”

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing would like to recognize and extend its appreciation to the supporters of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project.”A crowdfunding campaign was launched for the project thr...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

One Book, One Community to Host Live Virtual Event Featuring Professor Loretta J. Ross

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan, the East Lansing-MSU One Book, One Community program will host a live virtual event on Tuesday, March 2 from 7-8 p.m. featuring Professor Lorett...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Evergreen Avenue Utility Improvements and Albert Avenue Extension Project to Begin Monday, Feb. 22

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are advised that the Evergreen Avenue Utility Improvements and Albert Avenue Extension Project is slated to begin on Monday, Feb. 22.

The project will begin with mobilization at the site and the closure of...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are nin...

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Posted on: February 14, 2021

East Lansing DDA Launches “Show EL Your Love” TikTok Challenge

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has launched a second downtown East Lansing TikTok Challenge, titled “Show EL Your Love,” as part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Plac...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Community Invited to Celebrate Black Heritage at Children’s Cultural Concert Series

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are invited to celebrate Black heritage with the City of East Lansing at the Children’s Cultural Concert Series, which will feature three Saturdays of live musical entertainment for children of a...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

ELPD Responds to Bomb Threat at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) is actively investigating a bomb threat received via phone by St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School today, Feb. 12 at 10:43 a.m. 

ELPD and the East Lansing Fire Department were d...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

City Offices Closed Monday, Feb. 15 in Observance of Presidents’ Day

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A number of City of East Lansing offices/facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents’ Day.Offices and facilities that will be closed* include East Lansing City Hall, the East Lansing 54B District Court, the ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

“Why I Wear A Mask” Photo Contest Winners Announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is excited to announce the winners of this past January’s “Why I Wear A Mask” Photo Contest.The photo contest was hosted by the DDA as a pa...

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Posted on: February 8, 2021

City of East Lansing Launches “Explore Downtown East Lansing” Web Application

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project,” the City of East Lansing has launched the “Explore Downtown East Lansing” web application to support downtown businesses d...

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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are sev...

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

East Lansing Downtown Underground Market Coming to the M.A.C. Avenue Garage

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As a part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project,” an East Lansing Downtown Underground Market will be coming to the lowest level (level P1) of the M.A.C. Avenue Garage, 310 M.A.C. Ave., this...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

East Lansing Winter Property Taxes Due on Feb. 16

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing property owners are reminded that winter property taxes are due on Tuesday, Feb. 16. While East Lansing City Hall remains closed to the public for in-person transactions until further notice due to the COVID-19...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are fou...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

East Lansing City Council Adopts Emergency Ordinance Requiring Compliance with Public Health Orders

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At yesterday’s East Lansing City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the adoption of Ordinance No. 1497 - an emergency ordinance requiring compliance with public health orders. 

Under the ordinan...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

2021 East Lansing Art Festival Postponed Until August

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination rollout, City of East Lansing leadership and staff have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) until the weekend o...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

East Lansing DDA Launches Downtown East Lansing TikTok Challenge

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As part of the “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project,” the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has launched a TikTok Challenge to help promote downtown East Lansing businesses.The Tik...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are six...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

City of East Lansing’s State of Emergency and Downtown Mask Order Extended

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At the East Lansing City Council meeting this past Tuesday, Jan. 19, the City Council approved a policy resolution extending East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens’ declaration of a City State of Emergency and...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Deer Removal Operations Completed in East Lansing’s Parks

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing community members are advised that the deer removal operations scheduled to take place this winter in several of East Lansing’s parks have been completed.With the completion of these operations, there...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

East Lansing Income Tax Office Provides Important Information, Reminders for Income Taxpayers

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Having completed the first year of income tax returns for the City of East Lansing, the East Lansing Income Tax Office has compiled some important information and reminders for East Lansing income taxpayers.

  • The mailing addr...
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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place Next Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, the...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

East Lansing, MSU and ICHD Remind Community of Measures in Place to Protect Area from COVID-19

EAST LANSING – With the start of Michigan State University’s (MSU) spring semester, the City of East Lansing, Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) and MSU are joining together once more to urge the greater East Lansing community to c...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

City Offices to be Closed Monday, Jan. 18 in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

EAST LANSING, Mich. — City of East Lansing offices and facilities, with the exception of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Offices and facilities that will be cl...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

City of East Lansing Office Closures Extended due to COVID-19

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in the community, the City of East Lansing’s current office closures will be extended beyond mid-January in the interest of community and employee health.While the majo...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Electronic Meetings Scheduled to Take Place this Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, there are five electronic meeting...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Community Art Exhibits to be Displayed in Downtown East Lansing Businesses this Winter and Spring

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In an effort to support local businesses and unify the community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority will be hosting three community art exhibits at participating downtown E...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

City of East Lansing Seeks Nominations for 2021 Crystal Awards

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing is currently seeking nominations for the 2021 Crystal Awards – an annual event hosted by the East Lansing City Council that serves to honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofi...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for “Daytime. Nighttime. Anytime. Place Project” in East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing (City) will activate several public spaces in downtown East Lansing and provide the community with more opportunities to socialize safely and support local businesses through a new crowdfunding camp...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Community Advised of Intermittent Park Closures this Winter for Wildlife Damage Management

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing community members are advised that there will be intermittent park closures in the City of East Lansing this winter for the purposes of conducting wildlife damage management.Beginning January 11, 2021 through M...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Community Invited to Participate in “Why I Wear A Mask” Photo Contest

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority is excited to sponsor a “Why I Wear A Mask” Photo Contest this January. Community members can participate by submitting a digital photo of themselves weari...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Validations Available for Downtown Parking Customers Impacted by Christmas Eve Programming Issue

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Due to a programming issue with the City of East Lansing’s downtown parking access controls, free parking was not available as originally planned in downtown East Lansing’s gated parking facilities for a...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Special Meetings Scheduled to be Held Electronically This Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings are currently either being canceled or converted to special, electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.Currently, ther...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Income Tax Office Provides Employers with 2020 Year-End Reporting Reminders & 2021 Withholding Hints

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With the start of a new year, the East Lansing Income Tax Office has issued some 2020 year-end reporting reminders and helpful hints for 2021 withholding for employers.Year-End Reporting RemindersEmployers must provide all ...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

East Lansing’s Drop-Off Recycling Site to Re-Open Next Week

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing residents are advised that the City of East Lansing’s drop-off recycling site, 1800 E. State Road, is slated to re-open to the public on Monday, Jan. 4 at noon.All users of the site are asked to follo...

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

Public Hearing for the 2019 CDBG Program Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing will hold a public hearing on Monday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. to hear public comments related to the 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), which covers activities undertaken by t...

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Second Round of Bonus Gift Cards Now Available for Early Buyers of Downtown East Lansing eGift Cards

UPDATE 12/23/20: The second round of the buy one, get one promotion for Downtown East Lansing egift cards has sold out, but you can still buy gift cards: https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/east-lansing.

ORIGINAL RELEASE: EAST LANSING, Mich. — A second round ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

City of East Lansing’s State of Emergency and Downtown Mask Order Extended

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At last night’s East Lansing City Council meeting, the City Council approved a policy resolution extending East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens’ declaration of a City State of Emergency and the requirement to wear a face mask in all out...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Give the Gift of Shopping and Dining Local in Downtown East Lansing this Holiday Season

UPDATE (12/12/20 at noon): The promotional funds for the Downtown East Lansing bonus gift cards are expected to run out soon. Thank you to all of the early buyers for helping successfully kick off this program. Community members are encouraged to keep buy...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Northern Tail Dog Park to be Closed for the 2020-2021 Winter Season

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are advised that the City of East Lansing’s Northern Tail Dog Park, located at 6400 Abbot Road, will be closed over the 2020-2021 winter season. The park will be closed beginning December 14, 2020, with a tentative ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Program Extended, Updated for Temporary Expansion of Outdoor Seating for East Lansing Restaurants

EAST LANSING, Mich. —The East Lansing City Council recently approved Policy Resolution 2020-10 to extend the expedited approval process and temporary elimination of fees for the creation or expansion of outdoor seating for East Lansing restauran...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

City of East Lansing Office Closures Extended due to COVID-19

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in the community, the City of East Lansing’s current office closures will be extended beyond Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the interest of community and employee health. ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

ELBRA Reduces Limited Obligation Debt Service by $2.3 Million by Refunding Bonds

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Today, the East Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (ELBRA), a component unit of the City of East Lansing, announced the refunding of bonds issued in 2017 to finance the public infrastructure and City parking garage ...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

East Lansing Arts Commission Accepting Second Round of Applications for Cultural Arts Grant Program

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Arts Commission is currently accepting a second round of applications for its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Cultural Arts Grant program.The Cultural Arts Grant program supports high-quality public art projects that encoura...

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Posted on: November 25, 2020

East Lansing City Council Unanimously Approves Resolution Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the East Lansing City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis. 

With the approval of the resolution, the City of East Lansing now joins a growin...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Public Review of Draft Form-Based Code for Avenue Form District

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing is requesting the assistance of local architects, developers, residents and property owners in reviewing the current draft of the Avenue Form District form-based code.The Avenue Form District is proposed for ...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

City Announces Office Closures in Response to Community-Wide Spread of COVID-19, Emergency Order

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In light of the community-wide spread of COVID-19 and the latest emergency order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the majority of City of East Lansing offices will be closed to the public fo...

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Posted on: October 28, 2020

Outdoor Gathering Restriction Tightened to No More than Ten People in Some Parts of East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – No more than ten people may gather outdoors in parts of East Lansing, including the downtown area, per an emergency order issued today by Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. The order (Ingham2020-25), effective imme...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

East Lansing, MSU, Ingham County Health Remind Community of COVID-19 Safety Measures in Place

EAST LANSING - The City of East Lansing, Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) and Michigan State University (MSU) are banding together once more to urge the greater East Lansing community to continue safety measures as Big Ten football returns to Sparta...

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Letter Sent to Big Ten Conference from Mayors in 11 Big Ten College Communities

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Last week, a group of mayors from several Big Ten college and university communities met to discuss plans for the upcoming football season as well as to share ideas on what has and hasn’t worked in their respective communities for sl...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

East Lansing City Council Adopts Emergency Ordinance Requiring Compliance with Public Health Orders

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At last night’s East Lansing City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the adoption of a new emergency ordinance requiring compliance with public health orders.

Under the new ordinance, any person who viol...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Preliminary Re-Opening Plan for the East Lansing Hannah Community Center

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Pursuant to Executive Orders 2020-175 and 2020-176 from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation and Arts (ELPRA) has announced its preliminary plan to partially re-open the East Lansing Hannah Communit...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

City of East Lansing Launches Small Business Relief Program

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing has launched a Small Business Relief Program that focuses on job retention throughout the East Lansing community.East Lansing businesses with income-eligible employees can apply to receive up to $10,000 in gr...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

East Lansing 54B District Court Launches Virtual Counter to Increase Public Access

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing 54B District Court is excited to announce the implementation of its new Virtual Counter.The Virtual Counter operates as a live chat session and is offered in addition to the court’s phone, email and in-person service...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

15-Minute Grace Period to Begin Aug. 17 in Downtown East Lansing’s Gated Parking Facilities

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A 15-minute grace period will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 in downtown East Lansing’s gated parking facilities.The grace period is for parking customers who enter and exit the gated parking facilities within 15 minutes. Customers will pu...

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