ELi has discovered that developer Harbor Bay’s Mark Bell made false representations to East Lansing’s Planning Commission on his Center City District proposal. Questioned by ELi, Bell neither denies nor explains the misrepresentations, but insists he is honest.
City Council held public hearings on the Center City District site plan and tax plan last night, although no current plans were available. Council voted to do it all again in June. Here's what we've learned.
The Avondale Square project happened because City leaders were convinced they should spend taxpayer money on "needed" housing types. The project wasn't supposed to end up costing taxpayers over $5 million.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, ELi has learned that East Lansing’s tax assessor believes the Center City District redevelopment will be worth far less than the developer has assumed, calling into question the financial viability of the project.
City Council is set to take up the controversial Center City District site plan and $55 million TIF plan this Tuesday. The project calls for private development on public land. The developers have announced they will reveal the latest version of the proposal the day before.
With City Council set to make possible decisions on the Center City redevelopment proposal next Tuesday, the City Attorney tells ELi the deal doesn't have to be run past East Lansing voters for approval. ELi examines what we know about the deal and the City Charter, and finds the situation complicated.
With Jill Feldpausch formally stepping into the role, East Lansing has filled the position of Finance Director. Facing big financial challenges, City leaders tell ELi's Jessy Gregg they're thrilled Feldpausch has agreed to be our Chief Financial Officer.
Last night, East Lansing's Planning Commission split 4-4 on the question of whether City Council should approve the Center City District proposal. We have the details and information on what to expect next.
City Council and DRW/Convexity have reached a deal on the Park District redevelopment proposal. We bring you the details, including on the $19.6 million tax deal, and explain why the redevelopment isn't a sure thing just yet.
A new TIF plan has been approved by the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for DRW/Convexity's Park District redevelopment proposal. Now the project moves to City Council for possible decisions next Tuesday.