Road Construction, City Income Tax Video, and Business Changes Around Town // Matt Kazmierski

Punk Taco coming to East Lansing

There are a couple of large road construction projects that start today – Monday, June 25 – in East Lansing. The first is a section of N. Hagadorn road, between Haslett and Lake Lansing roads. More details can be found at  http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/construction . The second (long-awaited) project is being done by MDOT on Saginaw Highway between Coolidge and Hagadorn roads. According to a City news release, “The project will include 2.18 miles of hot mix asphalt cold milling and resurfacing, joint repairs, ADA upgrades to sidewalks, curb and gutter work, drainage structure adjustments and pavement markings. MDOT has stated that at … Read more →

Review of the Cost of Redevelopment Financial Missteps // Eliot Singer

City Hall, East Lansing

I have heard from a number of people asking me to review the history of the costly pursuit of redevelopment in East Lansing, in case anyone wishes to challenge the “not our fault” party line from city hall with regards to financial troubles. This is a summary, based on previous analysis. 1) Somewhat more than 20 years ago, Meadows, Singh, Jester, et al hired “Ted Almighty” Staton as city manager and gave him bonuses for bringing in development. Staton was an advocate of a corporate model for government, including giving him bonuses for doing his job. I’ll leave it to … Read more →

Library Lot Ann Arbor vs Lot 1 East Lansing // Eliot Singer

Lot 1, Eat Lansing, pre-development

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/06/ann_arbor_inks_deal_to_sell_do.html Here’s latest on the controversial sale of the Ann Arbor Library Lot to Core Spaces for $10 million. The Library Lot is 0.8 acres. East Lansing Lot 1 was 1.35 acres. If East Lansing had followed the city charter and asked voters to allow sale of Lot 1 and sold for a comparable per-acre value, the city would have received $16,875,000. On paper, based on value of the recent sales of the private properties for the Harbor Bay project, Lot 1 would be worth $18 million. Local commercial real estate experts estimated it would have sold for ~$15 million. If … Read more →

Upcoming Road Construction and New Income Tax Proposal // Matt Kazmierski

Alton Road - bumpy

There will be a couple of large road construction projects coming up in East Lansing this summer, that you’ll probably want to be aware of. Beginning in early June, and going through the middle of August, work will occur on North Hagadorn (north of Haslett Rd to Lake Lansing Rd), and then on Alton Road(between Burcham and Saginaw). The construction on Alton will begin once the work on Hagadorn is completed. A detailed letter from senior engineer Steven Roach is attached. In other tax dollar news… During a special City Council meeting last night (5/14), there was a 5-0 vote in favor of placing a  new income tax proposalRead more →

City Council Inaction on “Albert Town Homes 2” // Matt Kazmierski

Albert Townhomes 2 - would replace these two houses

As East Lansing Info  reported on Friday , a motion to vote on the development “Albert Town Homes 2” (by council member Aaron Stephens ), was not ‘seconded’ by another Council member at the meeting this week, and thus, went nowhere. The development proposal – put forward by by Hagan Group LLC – is for three townhouse-like student rentals, which would replace two older rental homes on the property along Albert Ave, across from the Bailey parking lot. The Hagan Group built an almost identical set of townhomes adjacent to the proposed development in 2013. “Albert Townhomes 2” has already been approved by the EL Planning Commission … Read more →

re: The Sunny Side of East Lansing // Alice Dreger

My thanks go out to Matt Kazmierski, Public Response’s Administrator, for his “Sunny Side of East Lansing” post. What a great list! As a follow-up, I’d like to remind people that ELi’s Managing Editor Ann Nichols is always looking for story suggestions about East Lansing, so if you see a “sunny side” story ELi should cover, please be in touch via this page: https://eastlansinginfo.org/contact You can also reach our Managing Editor via ELi’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/eastlansinginfo and Twitter account @eastlansinginfo. Our readers especially value stories that feature specific individuals doing good work, little-known sports and games, and arts/entertainment opportunities folks may not … Read more →

The Sunny Side of East Lansing

Just over a week ago, Public Response asked you all to respond with the things that you like about East Lansing and living here, and your responses did not disappoint. Thank you all very much for taking the time to respond! I meant to send this follow-up post with the compilation of answers sooner… but Spring Break got in the way last week. I apologize. However, it seems fitting to send out this “Sunny Side” email on a cold, snowy, spring day here in East Lansing 🙂 Here is the list of your thoughtful responses… ————————————————————————- – I love the … Read more →

Objective Assessment of Tax Options // Eliot Singer

I will leave it to East Lansing government to explain why it spent $20,000 tax dollars hiring a private consultant to conduct a scientifically worthless survey of tax options, when if it really wanted unfettered public input, it could have gotten that for free by asking neighborhood associations to hold town hall meetings, with members of Council in the audience in their capacity as citizens. Tabulating data when the data is not scientifically obtained is pointless. The first, and most important, thing I learned about computers back in the stone age (c. 1970) was GIGO: Garbage in, Garbage out! For … Read more →

What Do You Like About East Lansing? // Matt Kazmierski

Apparently – based on Scott Bame’s most recent post – people who live outside of East Lansing have nothing but bad things to say and negative opinions about our city, for the most part. Sure, there are some things going on in the City of East Lansing that are not positive… and it’s very easy to point out the negative aspects of anything, especially when you’re on the outside looking in. I know that the essays published on Public Response often address and discuss such “negative” things… but there is a purpose… to cultivate awareness and communication, with the hope of making … Read more →

Opinions from outside of East Lansing // Scott Bame

It’s been over six months since moving from East Lansing. My wife and I have both lost a lot of stress with the move, after it was completed. When I talk to people I might mention that I just moved from East Lansing. Most folks wonder what in the heck is going on. Most agree that East Lansing is in bad shape. I get the impression that folks are avoiding East Lansing, other than as a cut through to other locations. Folks aren’t happy that LouAnn resigned from MSU When I get a response about interim President Engler, they think … Read more →

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