Park District Planning Area

Update November 2014:
Following the November 4, 2014 General Election, DTN has withdrawn their proposal for the Park District properties that are owned by the City of East Lansing and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The two projects proposed by Park District Investment group are still proceeding through the Site Plan and Special Use Permit processes.  

Project Background
Following an extensive public review process, the East Lansing City Council selected DTN Management as the development partner for the City- and DDA-controlled portions of the Park District Planning Area in August 2013. The ultimate goal is to incorporate a high-quality mix of commercial and residential uses that will enhance the western end of downtown East Lansing.

Park District Area to be Developed as Two Separate Projects
As of June 4, 2014, two developers have communicated with the City that they will move forward with two separate redevelopment projects on the Park District project site.
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DTN Management Co. is working to developing the properties that the DDA and City control as well as the property at 404 Evergreen Avenue. Additionally, the Park District Investment Group is working to redevelop the properties that they control along Grand River Avenue as well as the Evergreen Arms Apartment site.

As of June 30, 2014, both development groups have submitted proposals for redevelopment projects on the sites they control. Staff has reviewed the documents and the revised proposals are available to the public.

DTN Project Website
DTN is maintaining a project website which will be used to present ideas, solicit feedback and keep neighbors and stakeholders updated as the planning process moves forward.

Urban Planners Weigh in on Park District Vision
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.

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Community members can share comments and feedback regarding the Park District. In addition, community members have the option of signing up to receive updates. See community feedback received (PDF) thus far.