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Park District Planning Area

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Following an extensive public review process, East Lansing City Council selected DTN Management as the development partner for the Park District Planning Area in August 2013. A pre-development agreement was approved by City Council and the Downtown Development Authority, which was followed by a series of three DTN-hosted public design charrettes.


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. Although the timeline is still preliminary, the development agreement is tentatively slated to be finalized by the end of June 2014 and the project is tentatively slated to break ground between fall 2014 and spring 2015.


DTN Submits Site Plan and Financial Info on Feb. 28, 2014

On February 28, DTN Management Company submitted a site plan and financial information to the City of East Lansing per the amended pre-development agreement. The site plan, financial information and the initial staff summary are available for review. As new information becomes available, the page will be updated.


Community feedback is encouraged! Please provide feedback and comments via the Park District Online Feedback Form or email


Amended Pre-Development Agreement Approved by City Council and DDA
In December 2013, City Council and the DDA approved an Amended Pre-Development Agreement between DTN Management, the DDA and the City of East Lansing, which moves completion dates of various tasks back approximately 60 days.


DTN Design Proposals

DTN Management provided an update on the progress as it relates to the pre-development agreement and two design proposals to City Council on Dec. 10. 2013. View Powerpoint presentation and meeting attachments.


DTN Project Website

DTN has recently launched a project website @, which will be used to present ideas, solicit feedback and keep neighbors and stakeholders updated as the planning process moves forward.


DTN Presents Two Concept Designs; Solicits Community Feedback
As a result of two DTN-hosted public design charrettes held this fall, DTN presented two different concepts on the design and use of the Park District redevelopment project. Residents are asked to weigh in on their likes and dislikes for each. The final design plan will be submitted by December 31, 2013. VIEW THE PRELIMINARY CONCEPT DESIGNS


- Share Feedback with DTN

- Share Feedback with the City of East Lansing


Urban Planners Weigh in on Vision for Park District

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.


Pre-Development Agreement

The City Council and the Downtown Development Authority have both approved the pre-development agreement with DTN Management Company. The pre-development agreement outlines the terms of the due diligence phase of the project, including public charrettes, market analysis, design work, financial structure development, detailed financial pro-forma development, Historic District Commission review, Planning Commission review, etc. At the end of this period if a project is deemed feasible, a full development agreement would be negotiated. Conversely, if during or after the due diligence phase it becomes clear to either party that a mutually beneficial project is not going to be the result of the process, then the pre-development agreement could be terminated.


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