Two redevelopment projects are underway for the heart of the downtown that will increase retail, restaurant and housing options. The Residences The Residences, a 0.23 acre project located at the corner of Albert Avenue and Grove Street, is currently being developed by A&G Partnership. The Residences will contain one-, two- and three-bedroom loft-style units on the upper floors for a total of 42 housing units for up to 84 residents. The first floor commercial space will offer indoor and outdoor seating.
The $8.5 million project will add housing opportunities, as well as commercial space to expand restaurant options in downtown East Lansing. The first floor will be utilized for restaurant space, with extensive outdoor seating. The site was previously occupied by two vacant buildings leased for a combined occupancy of 13 people.
The project was classified as a Brownfield project because the site was affected by chemicals left behind by a former dry cleaner. The proposed project was approved by the East Lansing City Council in September 2010. In November 2010, the project was approved for $3.1 million in Brownfield funding by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority.
There will be no on-site parking as the proposed building will have direct access to the Grove Street Parking Ramp and will utilize the municipal parking system for all parking needs.
Demolition and construction began in August 2012. The project is slated for completion by the end of summer 2013. St. Anne Project
The project developer, Infinity Companies, completed the residential portion of the St. Anne Project in the summer of 2012. The St. Anne is located at 213-217 Ann Street and consists of a five-story, 40,000 square-foot mixed-use building. The project brings 31 loft-style apartment units and commercial spaces on the first floor to the heart of downtown East Lansing.
The project includes no on-site parking, as the building is located adjacent parking in Grove Street Parking Ramp and utilize the municipal parking system for their parking needs.
Because the project site housed a dry cleaner in the 1960s and 1970s, environmental clean-up had been conducted before construction of the new building.
Ann Street Plaza
The reconstruction of the Ann Street Plaza is underway. Some of the elements of the proposed new plaza include a stage, an enclosed gas fireplace, raised landscape beds, trees, benches, bike parking and new paving. The plaza reconstruction will be substantially complete in August of 2013 with landscaping and other final touches to be completed in September. View the site plan (PDF).