Plans to fix blight in East Lansing gets green light from Planning Commission

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – One thing that many who live in East Lansing may agree on, is the frustration with the city’s blight.

It’s on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbott and for more than a decade, city leaders and residents have wanted to see the buildings on that corner torn down, only to see new businesses and structures built.

There have been a number of failed attempts to do that, but those wishes are one step closer to reality, after the East Lansing Planning Commission approved the revised plan during its meeting Wednesday night.

If approved by council, this proposal would allow developers to bring apartments, business space, and a parking structure to that area, which is located near West Grand River Avenue and Abbot.

Plans to make this happen, haven’t exactly been a breeze. The developers had to make some revisions to the project’s original plan to address some of the concerns that came forward from the public and planning commission.

If the East Lansing City Council gives the green light, the vacant buildings would get knocked down and be replaced with three 3 different buildings: a 12 story mixed-use building that will include hotel space, a rooftop restaurant, and just under 200 rental housing units.

The project also includes plans for a 425 car parking garage, a four story apartment complex, along with 12 condos.

The revised plan now moves on to the next step, and after years of talking about it, council members will have the chance to act on it.

6 News will continue to keep track of this and let you know when there’s an update.

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