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No, there has not been any environmental testing on the soil or existing buildings.
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As outlined in the RFQ/P, the DDA is seeking proposals to spur a redevelopment that best balances the desires of the community and the community objective.
The East Lansing City Council will be considering a contract for the design of Evergreen Avenue infrastructure improvements with Kebs, Inc. at their December 17, 2019 meeting. This would include the design for road alignment, sewer and water infrastructure. Click here for a utilities map (PDF).
On March 10, 2020, the voters will consider a sale of the City-owned land at the northwest corner of Albert Ave and Abbot Road (City Lot #4). MSUFCU is proposing to construct a 5-8 story office building on Albert Avenue Lot #4, adjacent to this site. Plans for the development proposal are expected to be finalized in the coming months. If the voters approve the sale and MSUFCU submits development plans, they will be subject to the normal process and approvals for the site. It at the developer's discretion whether they choose to include, or not include, the MSUFCU proposed project in their proposal. Note that the re-alignment of Albert Avenue is expected to occur regardless, as the work is part of the Park District redevelopment project.
Although plans have not been submitted, MSUFCU has indicated a need for approximately 50 parking spaces.
A building would not be allowed to be constructed over underground infrastructure. The infrastructure would need to be rerouted.
Proposers should put forward their best option for the DDA and City to consider, which could include financing all or a portion of the necessary public infrastructure. The City Council will be approving a contract on 12/17/19 for the design of the infrastructure improvements as researched and desired by the City. A developer could potentially fund the infrastructure and be reimbursed through TIF or through a Brownfield plan. The City is also researching the potential to fund the improvements, which could possibly be reimbursed through a future Brownfield plan on the Evergreen properties through a look-back provision in Brownfield TIF.
The City Council has been reviewing the Oakwood Historic Boundary Study. At the December 10, 2019 City Council meeting, Council reviewed two options. The first option includes the Evergreen Properties remaining in the historic district. The second option includes the removal of the Evergreen Properties (314-344) and Valley Court Park. City Council has asked for a third option, which is the removal of the Evergreen Properties (314-344), Valley Court and the removal of some additional properties. City Council will make a decision on what option to approve at their January 21, 2020 meeting. If the properties remain in the historic district, they will need to be approved for demolition by the Historic District Commission to allow a redevelopment to take place.
The City will not be providing the form. The developer should submit their own Sworn Statement.
Other property owned by the City can be included in proposed projects. A vote of the residents is likely required to approve the sale of any City owned property, by a majority vote (Charter of the City of East Lansing Section 4.81 b).
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