The Park District Planning Area is a redevelopment-ready site located in downtown East Lansing that includes properties that are publicly and privately owned. The privately owned properties were acquired by WGR Finance LLC in 2016. WGR Finance LLC is working with DRW Holdings LLC to develop the privately owned properties.
In April 2017, East Lansing City Council approved the developer's proposed project for the area. The developer plans to demolish the properties at 100-140 W. Grand River Ave. and a build a new, 11-story mixed-used building with two levels of parking. The building will include a 150-room hotel, retail space, 197 mixed-market rental units and a rooftop terrace. The developer also plans to build a new five-story building at 341-345 Evergreen Ave., featuring 66 residential condos and two levels of parking. The project also includes extensive infrastructure improvements, including the realignment of Albert Avenue, closing of a portion of Evergreen Avenue, extensive sewer and water upgrades, reconstruction and reconfiguration of two existing parking lots along Albert Avenue and the addition of a third surface parking lot where the rental properties at 328-340/344 Evergreen Ave. are currently located.
The developer will be seeking approval of state incentives this August 2017 and, pending the outcome, it is anticipated that demolition of the remaining properties within the project area will begin in summer 2017 and construction will begin in spring 2018.
The owners of the private properties demolished the Evergreen Arms Apartments, 341-345 Evergreen Ave., in July 2016 and the DDA-owned building at 303 Abbot Road was demolished in August 2016. The developer will be seeking approval of state incentives this August 2017 and, pending the outcome, it is anticipated that demolition of the remaining properties will begin in summer 2017 and construction will begin in spring 2018.
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, andZenia Kotval, professor at the MSU School of Planning Design and Construction.