In November 2019, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) released a Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ/P) for the DDA-owned properties located at 314, 328, 334, 340 and 344 Evergreen Ave. The deadline for responses was February 24, 2020. Prior to the deadline, two proposals were submitted:
On February 20, 2020, the DDA passed a resolution to create a Review Committee comprised of DDA members, community stakeholders and City staff. A joint meeting of the DDA and Review Committee is scheduled for March 19, 2020 at 12 p.m. in Courtroom 2 of the East Lansing 54B District Court, 101 Linden St., at which the developers with submitted proposals will present their proposed projects and answer questions from the DDA and Committee. The Review Committee will then reconvene for a second public meeting to deliberate. After the Committee completes its scoring via the evaluation forms included in the RFQ/P, the scores will be collated and provided to the DDA for review. The DDA will consider the proposals, the scoring and the context from the Committee at a future meeting and is expected to provide a recommendation to the East Lansing City Council for next steps, which could include beginning the process to negotiate a development agreement, purchase agreement and the submittal of a formal project application.