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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Building outside of the box, with boxes

From historic preservation to urban gap infill, developer Harry Hepler transitions into a new kind of housing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing developer Harry Hepler is coming off a figurative two- to three-year vacation. Emerging, like others in his business, from a recession that caused a lending freeze from banks, Hepler has spent some time thinking about a new way of building homes.
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Friday, February 21,2014

Expand representation, get new communications team

State Rep. Sam Singh keeps pressure on for expanded BWL board representation, overhauling communications staff

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 21 — State Rep. Sam Singh says it’s “imperative” for the Lansing City Council to move on a City Charter amendment that would expand representation on the Board of Water and Light’s governing board.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Breaking: Lark’s emails ‘discovered’

BWL releases emails from general manager during the storm outage it said it didn’t have

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Turns out Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, J. Peter Lark, does have emails from the December power outage. Documents delivered to City Pulse from the BWL this morning show a series of emails between Lark and BWL managers and commissioners, among others.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Banns could follow the ban

LGBT community sees upcoming trial as a chance to allow marriage equality in Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
As recently as a year ago, if you were to project states like Michigan, Virginia and Utah with Massachusetts and California as beacons of marriage equality, you might have been considered a hopeless optimist.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

BWL Watch

County treasurer wonders how much the BWL is worth; review team not impressed with documents released; WLNS hears it over linemen salaries

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing wonders: What’s the Board of Water and Light worth? Ever since a Lansing financial review team questioned how much the utility would bring to city coffers, it’s easy for Schertzing’s question to lead to selling the BWL to a priv...
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Renaissance fair?

Jeromes allege their plans for Red Cedar Renaissance were stolen by Ferguson and team, seek $1M in damages. Ferguson: ‘How can I steal something I’m not using?’ Bernero: ‘It’s a shame things devolved the way they did.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
The phone calls and emails stopped being returned to Leo and Chris Jerome in May 2013. The father/son team had been working for years on a grand vision to redevelop the former Red Cedar Golf Course on Lansing’s East Side. But after bringing local power-broker developer Joel Ferguson on board, the Jeromes say Ferguson and Columbus, Ohio-based developer Frank Kass stole their plans and cut them entirely out of the plan for Red Cedar Renaissance, formerly called the Capital Gateway.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Proposal surfaces to expand BWL board representation

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett offers proposal to include East Lansing and Meridian and Delta township representation on BWL Board of Commissioners. Any changes subject to Lansing City Council, voter approval.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett has proposed a new structure for the Lansing Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners that would include representatives from East Lansing and Meridian and Delta townships.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Goodrich’s replacement: Fresh Thyme

A Phoenix-based grocer, and Whole Foods competitor, has signed a lease to replace Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in Trowbridge Plaza

by Andy Balaskovitz
A fledgling Phoenix, Ariz.-based grocer with ties to Meijer Inc. will replace Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in East Lansing’s Trowbridge Plaza, an official with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has confirmed.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

They give; he spends

A look at Mayor Virg Bernero’s shopping habits, as shown through recent filings of his 527 account

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s choice spot for Thai food is Thai Village on Washington Square downtown. If he’s hungry for meat and potatoes fare, that’d be Restaurant Mediterran, across the street.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Heroin is here

Greater Lansing, fitting with national trends, is not immune to the heroin epidemic. Will combating it take aggressive law enforcement or a rethinking of drug laws?

by Andy Balaskovitz
If after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s deadly overdose in New York and a governor’s assertion of a statewide “crisis” in Vermont you still feel far removed from heroin abuse, think again.
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