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Friday, October 15,2010

Gillespie Developments

Chamber of Commerce taking aim at Council members who opposed tax incentives

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 14 — The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is already plotting how to unseat three City Council members who voted against tax breaks for developer Pat Gillespie’s Market Place and the Marshall Street Armory.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Reinventing Reo Town

Pat Gillespie unveils a new plan for the old Dalmatians; the latest in a string of new developments in the historic neighborhood

by Andy Balaskovitz
Gillespie has a purchase agreement that will be finalized in the next week or so for the diner once frequented by local police and firefighters. From there, a 90-day social media blitz will seek input from anyone who has a vision for Dalmatians
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

New faces seek City Council

Monday night’s City Council vote against tax incentives for the Marshall Street Armory and Market Place kick two campaigns into overdrive

by Andy Balaskovitz
Joe Manzella, 24, and Rory Neuner, 30, sat in the City Hall chambers Monday during the contentious votes on brownfield incentives for Gillespie’s $23 million Market Place and $14 million Marshall Street Armory projects, which could result in the Market Place project failing.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Virg Watch

An economic page from the GOP playbook

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Oct. 13 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero unveiled a “revolutionary” economic plan today that looks a lot like an idea from … former Republican Gov. John Engler.
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Tuesday, October 12,2010

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing City Council votes against tax incentives for two developments: ‘We now have a beautiful parking lot along the river’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Oct. 12 — Developer Pat Gillespie has called a “media roundtable” today to “set some things straight” after the Lansing City Council delivered setbacks Monday night to two of his projects in the city.
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Monday, October 11,2010

With or without a PLA?

City Council scheduled to vote tonight on offering tax breaks to two Gillespie projects amid union controversy over one of them

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 11 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on tax incentives for the Marshall Street Armory redevelopment in the east side neighborhood. The question remains whether the resolution will include a project labor agreement, or PLA, that bargains for union contracts on the site’s construction.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Virg Watch

Bernero got his debate — how will he use it Sunday and who will be watching?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Democrat Virg Bernero may have his last realistic chance this weekend when he debates Rick Snyder to turn things around in the governor’s race. But who will actually watch?
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

Kids in the Hall

The city’s ‘intent’: $3 million for a consolidated service garage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Oct. 5 — The Lansing City Council passed a resolution 7-1 at Monday’s meeting supporting borrowing $3 million to consolidate the city’s two maintenance garages. Those bonds will be paid off in 20 years at an interest rate of 4 percent rather than 5 percent (thanks, stimulus package).
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Monday, October 4,2010

Talking tax breaks

The Lansing City Council will hold four public hearings at tonight’s meeting on tax incentives for various redevelopment projects. The Council will also vote on bonds for a new service garage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 4 — Tax incentives for three proposed redevelopment projects expected to bring jobs and rehabilitate contaminated property in the city will be discussed at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council adds last minute amendment to snow and ice removal; Monday’s meeting dominated by a controversial contract with a city employee

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Sept. 28 -- The Lansing City Council put on quite a show during Monday’s five-hour meeting, and fireworks began shortly after the Council unanimously approved a special land use permit for Abundant Grace Faith Church at 5750 S. Cedar St.
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