Park District Planning Area

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The Park District Planning Area is a redevelopment-ready site located at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing. The area includes land that is publicly and privately owned. The privately owned property/land was acquired by WGR Finance LLC in 2016. WGR Finance LLC is working with DRW Holdings LLC/Convexity Properties to redevelop the area. 

In April 2017, East Lansing City Council approved the developer's proposed project for the area; however, an agreement was not reached between the former developer of the City Center II project and the current developer regarding the Michigan Business Tax credit, so the project did not move forward at that time. Despite the initial proposed project not moving forward, the blighted buildings within the area were demolished in October 2017.

The developer has since re-worked the site plan and submitted a revised site plan in June 2018, which was approved by Council in August 2018. In September 2018, the development agreement and brownfield plan for the newly proposed project were approved by Council. The project includes a mixed-use building with apartments and retail and a separate hotel building on Grand River Avenue (100-140 W. Grand River Ave.) and a residential building planned for affordable rental apartments at 341-345 Evergreen Ave.

The developer obtained state approvals in November 2018 and has submitted foundation permits and site work drawings. Construction is targeted to begin in December 2018 (updated 11/27/18).


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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.

Community Feedback


Community members are welcome to share their feedback on the proposed Park District project. 

Timeline

Date Summary
March 16, 2017 Discussion of site plan at DDA Project & Infrastructure Committee Meeting
March 22, 2017 Planning Commission Public Hearing
April 12, 2017 Planning Commission to consider Site Plan
April 13, 2017 Downtown Development Authority to hold special meeting to review Site Plan
April 13, 2017 Discussion of Brownfield Plan at Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Special Meeting
April 20, 2017 Discussion of Brownfield Plan at Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Special Meeting - BRA Approved Brownfield Plan
April 25, 2017 Public Hearings for Brownfield Plan & Site Plan at East Lansing City Council Meeting (plans approved by Council)
May 25, 2017 Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved the Park District Brownfield Reimbursement Agreement
June 1, 2017 Downtown Development Authority held a special meeting to provide input on the Park District Development Agreement
June 6, 2017 City Council to consider Development Agreement - approved
June 22, 2017 DDA and BRA approve Park District Development Agreement
July 27, 2017 Downtown Development Authority approves First Addendum to Park District Development Agreement for Park District 
July 27, 2017 Brownfield Redevelopment Authority adopts Brownfield Plan #26 and approves First Addendum to Park District Development Agreement for Park District
July 27, 2017 City Council held Public Hearing and adopts Brownfield Plan #26 and approves termination of Brownfield Plans #11 and #23. City Council also approved the First Addendum to Park District Development Agreement.
Sept. 14, 2017 Downtown Development Authority holds special meeting to approve an amended Interlocal Agreement for and Second Addendum to the Development Agreement for the Park District
Sept. 14, 2017 Brownfield Redevelopment Authority holds special meeting to also approve an amended Interlocal Agreement for the Park District, Amended Brownfield Plan #11, an Amended Reimbursement Agreement and Second Addendum to the Development Agreement, with the same conditions as the DDA passed
Sept. 19, 2017 City Council held a special meeting and approved Amended Brownfield Plan #11 for the Park District Project, the second Addendum to the Development Agreement, the Memorandum of Agreement between the City of East Lansing, the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA),  the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and 110 Grand River LLC and 341 Evergreen LLC with an amended Exhibit F to the Development Agreement, and the Land Transfer Agreement between the City of East Lansing, the BRA, the DDA, and 100 Grand River LLC and 341 Evergreen LLC
Sept. 21, 2017 An agreement was not reached between the former developer of the City Center II project and the current developer regarding the Michigan Business Tax credit, so the project will not be moving forward. However, demolition of the existing properties will take place the weekend of Oct. 7 as planned. The developer proposes to re-work the site plan in the coming months.
January 9, 2018 City Council approved the Termination of the Park District Development Agreement, Land Transfer Agreement, and the Brownfield Reimbursement Agreement (“Termination”), by and among the City of East Lansing, the City of East Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Downtown Development Authority of the City of East Lansing , and 100 Grand River LLC and 341 Evergreen LLC (collectively, the “Developer”). 
February 27, 2018 City Council approved the termination of Brownfield Plan #11
June 15, 2018 Revised plans were submitted for the Park District site, including a mixed-used building with ground floor retail, apartments, parking, a separate hotel building and a second residential building. 
June 26, 2018 Revised site plan discussed at the Downtown Development Authority meeting
July 11, 2018 Planning Commission Public Hearing
July 25, 2018 Planning Commission considers site plan
July 26, 2018 Discussion of the site plan at the Downtown Development Authority meeting
August 8, 2018 Consideration of site plan by Planning Commission
August 9, 2018 Downtown Development Authority special meeting to consider site plan; recommended approval
August 14, 2018 City Council to hold a public hearing to consider site plan; site plan approved by Council
August 23, 2018 Downtown Development Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting; Development Agreement and Amended Brownfield Plan #11 discussed
August 30, 2018 Downtown Development Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority special meetings to consider Development Agreement, Amended Brownfield Plan #11
September 6, 2018 Downtown Development Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority special meetings to consider Development Agreement, Amended Brownfield Plan #11
September 11, 2018 City Council to discuss Development Agreement, Amended Brownfield Plan #11 at Discussion Only Meeting.
September 18, 2018 City Council to hold a public hearing on Amended Brownfield Plan #11; action item on agenda for Development Agreement - Council approves Brownfield Plan #11 and the Development Agreement (see documents above)
September 27, 2018 DDA approves minor changes made to the Development Agreement (as approved by Council) and approves an interlocal agreement regarding Brownfield Plan #11. BRA approves a reimbursement agreement with the developer for payment of tax increment revenues.
November 27, 2018 The developer obtained State of Michigan approvals for the Michigan Business Tax Credit and the State's Brownfield TIF. Construction is targeted to begin in December 2018.