On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Placemaking Strategy Development Workshop Series kicks off in Sault Ste. Marie. The series, co-hosted by the MSU Land Policy Institute, MSU Extension and the Michigan Municipal League, will continue into May with workshops taking place in more than 30 communities across Michigan.
Lansing, Mich.—Millennials, Gen Xers and senior citizens across the country are among the growing audiences talking about their needs for more diverse and affordable housing options that better fit urban lifestyles. In Michigan, architects, designers and urban planners are being challenged to put this new version of the American Dream into action as part of an innovative contest that is believed to be a first-of-its-kind event nationally…
The MSU Land Policy Institute is a sponsor of this competition.
Last November, Mary Beth Graebert of MSU Land Policy Institute weighed in on the complicated and large-scale East Lansing project known as the Park District. This is a five-acre site at the corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot Rd. in East Lansing, immediately across the street from Michigan State University’s Abbot Rd. entrance. The project, as proposed at that time, included five buildings to be constructed by two separate development entities. The first developer, the Park District Investment Group (PDIG), proposed a 10-story building at the Northwest corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot Rd. with a first-floor restaurant and bank branch; 120-room Hotel Indigo; and five floors of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. They also proposed a four-story mixed-use building with first-floor retail and three floors of apartments adjacent to Valley Court Park. The second developer, DTN Management Co., proposed an eight-story building with first-floor commercial and seven stories of office space, a 700-space parking ramp with apartments and owner-occupied condos on upper floors, and an apartment building for residents who are age 55 and older.
The Chelsea City Council will learn the meaning and importance of place-making as it advances its agenda on economic development.