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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

East Lansing developer needs the city’s help in seeing his Reutter Park Place proposal through. Will Council agree to it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 18 — A city economic official and the developer of a plan to repurpose the old YMCA building downtown told the City Council tonight that if the city doesn’t finance a public parking ramp as part of it, the deal’s off.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Davenport stays downtown

The private, nonprofit university plans to renovate an old nine-story bank, keep its Lansing campus downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 20 — Following months of speculation that it may move out of the city, Davenport University has announced that it will keep a downtown Lansing campus and renovate a nine-story building in the process.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

An amended contract involving BWL’s annual payments to the city falls flat; deficit reduction plan and parking lot sale approved

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 25 — Three Lansing City Council members expressed opposition tonight to the Bernero administration’s agreement with the Lansing Board of Water & Light on annual payments, but the timing of the opposition prevented any changes to it.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Niowave’s expansion up for a public hearing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 2 — The Lansing City Council unanimously agreed tonight to hold a public hearing in three weeks for local high tech manufacturer Niowave, Inc., on a tax abatement the company is seeking as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Back and forth with the mayor: a misogyny allegation from the 1st Ward and stalled developments downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 9 — With a light agenda tonight, Lansing City Council members took the opportunity with Mayor Virg Bernero present to air some grievances.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Investigating climate change

MSU lands $750,000 grant to study effects of climate change and extreme weather events on watersheds

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 27 — Forget about whether climate change is real or even man-made — the scientific community largely agrees that it is. Maybe we should discuss what would happen to ecosystems as a result of a changing climate and more intense weather events. Researchers at Michigan State University will have a chance to investigate those potential effects as it relates to watersheds as part of a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Walnut Neighborhood residents speak out against Niowave’s pole barn, want pending tax incentives tied to design improvements

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 16 — Six residents of the Walnut Neighborhood spoke out against local high tech manufacturer Niowave Inc. at tonight’s City Council meeting because of a building they say has ruined the look, feel and property values of their neighborhood.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

25x25 jobs

New MSU research suggests renewable energy ballot initiative will be a two-fer: clean air and more jobs

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 10 — Twenty-five times 25 equals 625, which is less than .01 percent of the number of jobs Michigan State University researchers say would be created under a successful proposed statewide ballot initiative.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Red Cedar plan picked

Review team recommends the Jerome-Ferguson plan to repurpose Red Cedar Golf Course, seeks to ask voters for permission to sell more than 12.5 acres

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 13 — An overgrown golf course and two vacant car dealerships are three eyesores on Michigan Avenue that would get redeveloped as part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan. But the announcement comes with a caveat: Voters must agree to sell more of the old golf course in addition to the 12.5 acres it approved for sale last November. How much more is unclear.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

A new Red Cedar ballot proposal would ask voter permission to sell off the entirety of the golf course for redevelopment, though the administration says that probably wouldn’t happen

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 13 — The Bernero administration is seeking voter permission to sell off the remaining 49 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course for redevelopment, a stark change from a ballot initiative voters approved in November authorizing the city to sell just 12.5 acres of the park along East Michigan Avenue.
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