Park District Planning Area

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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 July 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.

April 2017 Submittal of Plans


March 2017 Submittal of Plans


Fall 2016 Submittal of Plans


Demolition of Buildings


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 July 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, 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
April 25, 2017 Public Hearings for Brownfield Plan & Site Plan at East Lansing City Council Meeting (plans approved by Council)
June 6, 2017 City Council to consider Development Agreement