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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Land Bank Bulldozers

Preservationists question pace of house demolitions by Land Bank

by Michael Gerstein
Gretchen Cochran, a local historical preservationist, believes the recently demolished two-story house at the corner of Shiawassee and Sycamore streets in Lansing´s Genessee Neighborhood near downtown might have been worth saving from the bulldozer if it hadn’t been neglected. It’s the latest of 150 demolitions identified as necessary this year by the Ingham County Land Bank. It contends the structures are too costly to restore and many have become unsafe.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Bunker makeover

LCC goes from gritty concrete college to garden hip spot

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ivy covered walls are back in style. A little more than six years ago, Lansing Community College President Brent Knight inherited a downtown campus that was cutting edge in 1957 — a brutalist bunker of corrugated concrete, dark brown masonry and darker brown steel, walled off from the surrounding city.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

New at MSU

Campus changes modernize, modify and magnify

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every fall, MSU shows off some glistening new muscles, from jock-polishing sports facilities to quark-crushing science complexes. Here are a few of the more conspicuous bulges Sparty has put on over the summer:
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Sumptuous summit

Michigan homeless conference to be held at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

by Kyle Melinn
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa probably isn´t the first place you´d look to find someone needing a roof over his or her head. Yet, in two weeks nearly 400 people whose job it is to dole out federal money and provide help for the homeless will be at the "four-season destination resort and meeting center" to bounce ideas off each other and coordinate services.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Bully politics

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Mary Edgar of Okemos is a quiet, grey-haired senior citizen, hardly the type you would expect to confront the angriest mayor in America, Virg Bernero. But that she did on Primary Election Day, when as precinct cochairwoman she told him he was campaigning illegally close to the polling place at Okemos Public Montessori- Central.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Nearly hidden on a narrow strip of land between a parking lot and an active railroad track, these gardens provide a pleasant retreat, particularly at this time of year, with colorful blooms and ripening produce. The Imagination Arbor near the main entrance leads to the ABC Garden – with plants from alyssum to zinnias – in the shadow of the outdoor Garden Amphitheater. From there, paths wander through various themed patches, such as the Pizza Garden with peppers and garlic or the Perfume Garden with fragrant lavender and mint.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Rocky rollout

Soft relaunch of bike share program still presents problems, challenges

by Belinda Thurston
The neon lime green bikes locked to racks beneath the Capital Community Bike Share sign at the baseball stadium last week were anything but shareable. The brand commuters had solar panels affixed to the handlebars, but darkened display screens. There were no instructions or labeling.
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Saturday, August 23,2014

Saying goodbye in Old Town

OTCA director leaves to pursue med school

by Belinda Thurston
THURSDAY, Aug. 21 – The key is to keep learning. That’s what Louise Gradwohl says is the predominant mindset that has led her in life so far from ballet dancer to communications intern to director of Lansing’s most vibrant and growing neighborhoods, the Old Town Commercial Association.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1044 Sunset Lane, East Lansing Owner: Janice Pfeifer Assessed: $89,600 At first glance, this innocuous house is typical of those throughout its neighborhood. It displays a pleasant, simple mass, offset by tired synthetic siding. However, the retractable awning is a throwback...
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Rewind the rollout?

LEAP calls Red Cedar Hyatt announcement premature

by Mickey Hirten
Developers of the $200 million-plus Red Cedar Renaissance project are negotiating with Hyatt International for a fullservice hotel fronting Michigan Avenue. But there are enough outstanding questions about financing for the development and the quality of the project that the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, which along with the city is negotiating the project, is calling the announcement premature.
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