Between 2006 and 2009, the City of East Lansing worked with Pierce Education Properties, a California-based development firm, to develop East Village. The vision for the East Village project was a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use urban village perfect for students, young professionals and empty nesters located in convenient distance of the MSU campus and downtown East Lansing.
In June 2007, Pierce Education Properties defined the East Village project boundary as a 25-acre area bounded by Bogue Street to the west, Stoddard Avenue (at 1200 E. Grand River Ave.) to the east, East Grand River Avenue to the north and the Red Cedar River to the south.
In October 2008, Pierce Education Properties unveiled additional information about the character of the project at a community workshop. Initially, Pierce Education Properties presented five concepts in a design workshop with community members. The design firm for this project was 5+Design Architects.
Current Concept Designs
Original Design Concepts and Renderings
The proposed uses included the following:
The estimated cost was approximately $750 million
Retail, restaurant and entertainment (380,000 square feet)
Multiplex movie theater - potential for smart lecture halls (80,000 square feet)
Market - specialty grocer (20,000 square feet)
Diverse array of restaurants with outdoor seating and entertainment venues (140,000 square feet)
Retail Shops (140,000 square feet)
Civic and Campus-serving office, research and business incubator space (up to 200,000 square feet)
Hotel and conference center - 200 rooms, (35,000 square feet)
Residential (965 units)
1,500 beds of rental housing for undergraduate students
300 units of rental housing for graduate students, faculty, staff and the workforce
190 units of for-sale housing for graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and the workforce
Parking - approximately 3,700 underground and above-grade parking spaces
Amenities - six-acre Riverfront Park & Winter Garden