Park District Planning Area

Latest Update (8/26/16): Plans have been submitted for the properties at 100-140 W Grand River Avenue. These plans are being revised by the applicant and it is anticipated that a public hearing will be held on revised plans at an East Lansing Planning Commission meeting in October.

Park District Investment Group and Privately-owned Parcels


The Park District Investment Group (PDIG) site plan and SUP have been approved for Building A and B. The Developer Timeline outlines past activity. 

The plans for Buildings A and B can be found on the Project Submittal and Communications page and the timeline of reviews for these projects can be found on the Developer Timeline and Attachments page.



UPDATE: The review and due diligence on the projects proposed for the privately-owned portions of the Park District planning area have been delayed pending resolution of recent foreclosure action.

Development Agreement Due Diligence Review 


The Downtown Development Authority has contracted with Clark Hill and National Development Council to provide a third-party Legal Review of the Development Agreement, Brownfield Plan and Financial Documents (PDF) related to this project. The legal review is the first report received and as additional reports are received they will be posted online. The current draft of the financial review can be found here: Park District Financial Review (PDF).

DTN Management and the publicly-owned parcels


On June 4, 2015, Colin Cronin of DTN Management Company submitted a Letter Requesting that the City of East Lansing Re-engage with DTN (PDF) on their previously withdrawn Park District proposal, which included building on four DDA-owned parcels on Evergreen Avenue as well as three City-owned parcels that are currently surface parking lots. The previous proposal included an office building, a parking structure, multi-family rental housing, owner-occupied housing, rental housing restricted to residents that are 55+ and commercial retail space. The DDA has approved an Amended Pre-Development Agreement (PDF) at their June regular meeting. The agreement was discussed with City Council on July 7, 2015 at their work session and approved by City Council on August 4, 2015.

Experts Weigh in on Park District Vision


Marybeth Graebert of the MSU Land Policy Institute previously wrote about the project. Read the article

MLive asked two urban planners what they would envision for the Park District Planning area project. Read the opinions of Mark Wilson, professor at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, and Zenia Kotval, professor at the MSU School of Planning Design and Construction.