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Thursday, March 6,2014

Community input sought on Red Cedar

Meetings set for March 13 and April 15 to focus on community design input for Red Cedar Renaissance project

by City Pulse Staff
Latest rendering of Red Cedar Renaissance plan.

Thursday, March 6 — Developers of the $125 million Red Cedar Renaissance project on Lansing’s East Side are tapping the public for input on how they’d like to see the roughly 60-acre site developed.


Planners will host two “public envisioning community engagement events” for residents “to engage in the design process and provide valuable input,” according to a statement.


Tentative plans by developers Joel Ferguson of Lansing and Frank Kass of Columbus, Ohio, call for multi-story residential, commercial and office space. A hotel and medical offices are also planned.


Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann will also reconfigure the sprawling site along Michigan Avenue as part of a redesign of the Montgomery Drain to curb pollution into the Red Cedar River. Public park amenities are planned for portions of the site not developed for commercial or residential use.


The events will be held:

  • Thursday, March 13. 6 p.m. Foster Community Center, Room 213, 200 N. Foster Ave., Lansing.
  • Tuesday, April 15. 6 p.m. Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing.

For any event-related questions, contact Jennifer Grau, president of Grau Interpersonal Communication, at Jennifer@grauinc.com (517) 484-5756. Additional materials related to the project can be found here.


Meanwhile, City Pulse first reported two weeks ago that the project is now embroiled in a legal battle. Chris Jerome, who originally approached the city about developing the property, is suing Jerome, Kass and others for essentially stealing his plans. More on that controversy here.

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