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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

The city’s new bicycle ordinance; talking snow clearing deadlines and coming together against voter access legislation. Also, a public board tells Council the city needs more sidewalk funding.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 4 — It was a big night at City Hall for non-motorized transportation advocates. A public board told the Council in no uncertain terms that city needs more sidewalk construction and repair money; a public hearing was held on tightening up the timeline for removing snow from city sidewalks; and the city adopted new regulations requiring bicycle parking for certain properties in the city.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Change of heart

LCC is now offering to sell three downtown homes, each older than 100 years old, it had planned to demolish; still plans to make “park-like” entry on the north side of campus

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, June 7 — Instead of demolishing three downtown homes — which were built in 1898, 1902 and 1888 — to make way for a “park-like” entry into the north side of Lansing Community College, the college now says it will offer to sell them to anyone interested in preserving them.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

The snow removal ordinance is basically unchanged; the administration predicts a $1.8 million deficit for this year; and liquor licenses are approved for two downtown businesses

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 11 — In another display that the Bernero administration doesn’t have a supportive City Council majority, proposed changes to the city’s snow removal ordinance failed to pass tonight.
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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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