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Wednesday, August 15,2012

The Master Plan

by Andy Balaskovitz
If City Council approves putting a new Red Cedar Golf Course proposal on November ballots, what will we get out of it? Nobody really knows.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Enclosing a front porch to gain extra living space, as seen here at 1915 Harding Ave., is a common practice in cold-climate states. It’s easy to underestimate the value of a front porch, especially in Michigan.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Death and foreclosure

The tense final days of Steven Rigby and the posthumous fight over his possessions

by Andy Balaskovitz
We’ll never know how Steven Rigby would have wanted this to go down. We do know the Ingham County treasurer and his relatives disagree on how it should.
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Saturday, August 4,2012

Narrowing the Circuit field

Two of five candidates for an open 30th Circuit Court judgeship will advance to the November election

by Andy Balaskovitz
The speed and the cost of going to court, explaining the process to voters and generally "doing more with less" are concerns of all five judicial candidates looking to fill a vacant seat on Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court.
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Friday, August 3,2012

Dems dominate Commission primaries

In redrawn county Commission districts, young and old Democrats looking to fill vacancies, unseat incumbents in primary

by Andy Balaskovitz
The latest Census figures mean the Ingham County Board of Commissioners will look different next year with redrawn district boundaries and two fewer members, from 16 to 14.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Selling land and maintaining services

A look at ballot proposals from across the county

by Andy Balaskovitz
They don't have the amount of public attention as a public safety millage approved in November, but city of Lansing voters face a half-dozen ballot questions on Tuesday, including selling off parkland and lowering the minimum requirement of City Council meetings.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

The Niowave fix

Experts say the possibilities are endless for redesigning the exterior of a pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
A public hearing before the City Council was initially scheduled for Monday night, but was canceled after Niowave pulled its request. The Council’s Development and Planning Committee will discuss the matter at a noon meeting today on the 10th floor of City Hall.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

The enviro and the ethicist

On Aug. 7, Ingham County Democrats must choose between Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann, who has built an impressive environmental record, and Mark Grebner, who says the incumbent runs his office unethically and wastefully

by Andy Balaskovitz
What do you get when you give a pair of unorthodox politicians an hour each on public access television to bash each other? A lengthy fact-checking mission, for one.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Far from over

Now the Lansing City Council will consider tying tax incentives for Niowave to exterior improvements at its pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
"The idea of tie-bars, I think, makes a lot of sense," Jeffries said following Monday night's Council meeting. Six residents spoke during the meeting against Niowave's new $10 million expansion that has yielded what they call a "monstrosity" amid their residential neighborhood.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

The pole barn

When Niowave moved in, the company agreed to conform to the look and feel of the neighborhood. Why don't the same standards apply now? Or do they?

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Niowave Inc. sought to open its headquarters in the old Walnut Street School just west of Old Town, the Lansing City Council granted a special land use permit in 2006 to do so with the understanding that Niowave’s presence wouldn’t change the character of the neighborhood.
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