Evergreen Properties

River Caddis Loses Exclusive Development Agreement; DDA Will Seek New Proposals for Evergreen Properties
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River Caddis Loses Exclusive Development Agreement; DDA Will Seek New Proposals for Evergreen Properties

It’s over.

Big DDA and Council Meetings Set to Happen Tuesday
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Big DDA and Council Meetings Set to Happen Tuesday

ELi catches you up on big business in the city coming this Tuesday.

Three Years In, Developer Says the Only Thing That’ll Work on the Evergreen Properties Is…Student Housing
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Three Years In, Developer Says the Only Thing That’ll Work on the Evergreen Properties Is…Student Housing

River Caddis Development’s exclusive deal is facing expiration on July 17; the DDA will ponder the new “collaborative approach” for the next 30 days.

To Avoid a ‘Catastrophic Situation,’ East Lansing Refinances the DDA’s Debt (Again)
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To Avoid a ‘Catastrophic Situation,’ East Lansing Refinances the DDA’s Debt (Again)

Why was “catastrophe” looming? ELi explains and tells you what happened with the latest refinance of the Evergreen Properties debt.

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in ELi’s Favor, Against Scott Chappelle

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in ELi’s Favor, Against Scott Chappelle

“This decision should put an end to [Chappelle’s] vindictive crusade,” ELi’s attorney Brian Wassom said about the decision, “and serve as a reassurance to journalists across the state that freedom of the press is still alive and well in Michigan.”

DDA Grants River Caddis Another Six-Month Exclusive Deal on Evergreen Properties
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DDA Grants River Caddis Another Six-Month Exclusive Deal on Evergreen Properties

The vote came down 7-2-1 and puts a hard stop on the extensions in July 2023. ELi’s Lucas Day reports.

Will the DDA’s Favored Developer Be Granted a New Exclusive Deal?
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Will the DDA’s Favored Developer Be Granted a New Exclusive Deal?

What the DDA decides this Thursday could determine not just whether River Caddis Development obtains a special deal that will exclude other developers, but also what gets built next downtown and how much longer the DDA will prolong its bond debt. ELi catches you up.

Three Council Members Question DDA’s Finances as Bond Refinance Is Authorized
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Three Council Members Question DDA’s Finances as Bond Refinance Is Authorized

Before the bond refinance passed 3-1, Council members raised questions about why the DDA debt is barely paid off after 13 years, which taxes are being diverted to the DDA, and more.

The DDA Gives Up on The CITADEL™. What’s Next?
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The DDA Gives Up on The CITADEL™. What’s Next?

Another failed proposal for the Evergreen Properties, land the DDA purchased almost 15 years ago using public bonds. Those bonds will be refinanced again.

East Lansing Announces $1M Grant for Downtown Park. Is Big Redevelopment Coming Nearby?
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East Lansing Announces $1M Grant for Downtown Park. Is Big Redevelopment Coming Nearby?

The farmers market will likely get a new pavilion. What about other big changes potentially coming to that part of town?

What Artspace’s Feasibility Report Tells Us About Downtown East Lansing
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What Artspace’s Feasibility Report Tells Us About Downtown East Lansing

One of the proposed locations for a development of affordable housing geared toward creatives is Valley Court Park. Emily Joan Elliott digs in to what else is in the feasibility report and what we can learn.

DDA Approves Around $150K For EL Fresco, Nixes Lease With Tenants In Bat-Infested Property
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DDA Approves Around $150K For EL Fresco, Nixes Lease With Tenants In Bat-Infested Property

The DDA approved a budget amendment to support the Albert EL Fresco, but some DDA members had questions about the large figure. Andrew Graham reports on that and the bat infestation at a DDA-owned property.

What’s Happening Now with Downtown East Lansing Development?
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What’s Happening Now with Downtown East Lansing Development?

Catch up with ELi on the latest in downtown East Lansing redevelopment, including potentially in Valley Court Park.

Seeking Support on Evergreen Redevelopment Concept, Developer Instead Gets an Argument at Council
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Seeking Support on Evergreen Redevelopment Concept, Developer Instead Gets an Argument at Council

As the debate heated up, Jessy Gregg called George Brookover and Lisa Babcock “a bummer,” suggesting they don’t believe in East Lansing’s economic recovery. Andrew Graham reports for ELi.

DDA Votes to Evict the Bats and Stay the Course on Office Dream for Evergreen Properties
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DDA Votes to Evict the Bats and Stay the Course on Office Dream for Evergreen Properties

Yet again, the publicly-owned Evergreen Properties and their possible redevelopment formed the main topic of discussion at the latest meeting of East Lansing’s Downtown Development Authority. What happened? Only ELi brings this news.

The Latest in Big East Lansing Redevelopment
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The Latest in Big East Lansing Redevelopment

What’s happening with that public land sold on eBay? Where might we see commercial redevelopment replace houses on Lake Lansing Road? And what’s happening downtown and north on Abbot Road?

East Lansing Insider: East Lansing’s Evergreen Development Problem
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East Lansing Insider: East Lansing’s Evergreen Development Problem

The Downtown Development Authority purchased the properties in 2009, hoping to sell them for downtown development projects, but over a decade later, the DDA still owns the properties. Alice Dreger shares the long history with Emily Joan Elliott.

What’s Going On with Big Redevelopment Downtown?
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What’s Going On with Big Redevelopment Downtown?

ELi catches you up on what’s happening (and not happening) in downtown East Lansing’s real estate redevelopment scene. Check it out!

River Caddis Gets 180-Day Extension As DDA Meets Following Jim Croom’s Resignation
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River Caddis Gets 180-Day Extension As DDA Meets Following Jim Croom’s Resignation

The DDA now has a new slate of officers: Chair Mike Krueger, Vice Chair Luke Hackney, and Treasurer Kristin Clark. Andrew Graham reports on that and more.

Has EL’s Tree Canopy Shrunk? We Might Find Out This Year
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Has EL’s Tree Canopy Shrunk? We Might Find Out This Year

“Tree planting in East Lansing is not keeping up with the tree cutting,” wrote one ELi reader. Is that true? Brooklyn Peppo reports for ELi.

The DDA’s Evergreen Properties: River Caddis Still Wants An Exclusive, But Now Artspace Is In the Mix
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The DDA’s Evergreen Properties: River Caddis Still Wants An Exclusive, But Now Artspace Is In the Mix

River Caddis Development has had an exclusive agreement on the DDA’s Evergreen Properties for 15 months, with no significant movement forward. They want more time. But another potential developer is now on the scene.

Construction Will Start Soon on MSUFCU’s Downtown Office Building

Construction Will Start Soon on MSUFCU’s Downtown Office Building

In her remarks about the project, April Clobes, the head of MSUFCU, made a subtle reference to ELi’s reporting on why the project’s start had been delayed. Find out what she and others said and learn the project’s timeline from ELi.

The Latest Scoop on Downtown East Lansing Development and Happenings
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The Latest Scoop on Downtown East Lansing Development and Happenings

We have NEWS on the Graduate Hotel’s rooftop bar, the MSUFCU downtown office building plans, entertainment activities downtown (including for kids), and food trucks. Read all about it, only at ELi.

A Disappeared Path, a Parking Lot Curiosity, and Abbot Road Closures?
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A Disappeared Path, a Parking Lot Curiosity, and Abbot Road Closures?

ELi answers readers’ questions about the ramped path that disappeared from Valley Court Park and the SUVs parked at MSU near Mt. Hope Rd. Plus, we explain what’s about to happen to Abbot Rd.

Public Land Finally Sells to MSUFCU; Buildings to Be Demolished
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Public Land Finally Sells to MSUFCU; Buildings to Be Demolished

Which publicly-owned buildings will be demolished to create a construction staging area for the credit union’s new downtown office building? And what’s the anticipated construction timeline?

DDA Votes 9-2 to Demolish Publicly-Owned Buildings to Help MSUFCU Project
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DDA Votes 9-2 to Demolish Publicly-Owned Buildings to Help MSUFCU Project

The debate was intense, with many questions raised. And after the vote, Paul Vlahakis showed up and threw doubt on whether this deal will really solve the issues. ELi tells you who voted what way, and why.

DDA May Demolish Publicly-Owned Buildings to Help MSUFCU Construct Offices
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DDA May Demolish Publicly-Owned Buildings to Help MSUFCU Construct Offices

Why do City staff and the head of MSUFCU think this is a good plan? And what don’t we know? ELi’s Alice Dreger reports.

The Latest on Redevelopment Projects in East Lansing

The Latest on Redevelopment Projects in East Lansing

Affordable housing for artists, the latest on the eBay-auctioned land, Dunkin Donuts’ and Walgreens’ openings, and lots more news in ELi’s latest East Lansing redevelopment update.

Evergreen Properties Talks Extended, as Developer Reveals Anchor Tenant Backed Out
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Evergreen Properties Talks Extended, as Developer Reveals Anchor Tenant Backed Out

The anchor tenant backed out. The developers want MSU as a partner. And it’s City staff, not the developers, that’s been holding up the sale agreement. Here’s what we learned at today’s DDA meeting, where the vote went 8-2 to extend the exclusive talks another 6 months.

Rundown of Meetings from This Past Week
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Rundown of Meetings from This Past Week

The City and school district held several important meetings this week. The ELi team brings you the updates.

City Leaders Less Than Thrilled with Redevelopment Deal’s Progress
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City Leaders Less Than Thrilled with Redevelopment Deal’s Progress

ELi’s Alice Dreger brings you the latest in the redevelopment deal on the DDA’s debt-ridden Evergreen properties. What’s up with “The CITADEL” now?

What Will Be the Big East Lansing Stories of 2021?
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What Will Be the Big East Lansing Stories of 2021?

Our staff compiles the top stories we expect to cover in 2021. But we can never know all that will happen — like, a pandemic — and that’s why we need your financial support.

A Lot of East Lansing City News You Might Want to Know
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A Lot of East Lansing City News You Might Want to Know

Quick hits on the various stories Alice Dreger has been keeping tabs on, from the Center City District bonds to a mysterious public hearing. Read on.

School Board to Vote on Reopening Plan, and Council on Corporate Tax Exemptions
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School Board to Vote on Reopening Plan, and Council on Corporate Tax Exemptions

Along with School Board and City Council, there are meetings of Planning Commission, Arts Commission, Downtown Development Authority and Police Study Committee. Andrew Graham unpacks it.

Big Infrastructure Project Will Change Park District Area – and Peoples Church Isn’t Pleased
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Big Infrastructure Project Will Change Park District Area – and Peoples Church Isn’t Pleased

A long-planned project will improve sewer infrastructure and change the amount of parking in the area, leaving some displeased. Alice Dreger reports.

UPDATE: Wrench Thrown Into MSUFCU’s Downtown Office Building Plan

UPDATE: Wrench Thrown Into MSUFCU’s Downtown Office Building Plan

The Dublin Square property owners are warning MSUFCU to stay off their property during construction that involves building all the way to the property line. What could this mean for the future of the proposed office building?

Council Asked to Consider Tax Exemption for TechSmith
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Council Asked to Consider Tax Exemption for TechSmith

TechSmith is considering building its new headquarters at Spartan Village and is calling on Council for a personal property tax exemption. Alice Dreger explains what this means.

UPDATE: DDA Follows Council’s OK for 95-Day Extension of Exclusive Redevelopment Contract
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UPDATE: DDA Follows Council’s OK for 95-Day Extension of Exclusive Redevelopment Contract

What’s going on with the Evergreen Ave. properties? ELi’s Alice Dreger brings you an update.

What Happened at City Council Last Night?
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What Happened at City Council Last Night?

Alice Dreger takes you through the news and notes from a (very) brief City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

What’s on the Agenda In East Lansing Next Week?
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What’s on the Agenda In East Lansing Next Week?

Several bodies, including City Council, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Commission on the Environment, meet next week. Andrew Graham takes you through the agendas.

Explore Vacant Commercial Properties in Downtown East Lansing
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Explore Vacant Commercial Properties in Downtown East Lansing

Check out our interactive map of downtown commercial properties in downtown East Lansing, and read our analysis of the information provided by City staff.

Council Recap: City Attorney Says Tuesday’s Meeting is Fine
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Council Recap: City Attorney Says Tuesday’s Meeting is Fine

City Attorney Mike Homier explained that Tuesday’s meeting could proceed despite recent actions by the State Supreme Court. See what he said and what Council did on Tuesday.

Big Week of Meetings Coming for East Lansing
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Big Week of Meetings Coming for East Lansing

ELi’s Alice Dreger gives you a fast rundown of what’s coming in public meetings in East Lansing this week. Check it out.

Big Governmental Decisions Coming in East Lansing
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Big Governmental Decisions Coming in East Lansing

Contract through 2024 for the City Manager? Pave over more of Sharp Park for bike parking? Reduce car lanes further on Abbot? ELi’s Alice Dreger tells you what’s up this week and how you can weigh in.

Developer Wants 450 Days More for Evergreen Properties Talks . . . And Wants TIF
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Developer Wants 450 Days More for Evergreen Properties Talks . . . And Wants TIF

River Caddis Development has put together a draft agreement that would shift yet more of The CITADEL project costs onto the public ledger. For now, East Lansing’s DDA has agreed to more talks.

East Lansing Seeks Lawyers, and More Lawyers, and a Financial Advisor

East Lansing Seeks Lawyers, and More Lawyers, and a Financial Advisor

The City Council is seeking a new city attorney, and the DDA and BRA are looking for an attorney and a financial advisor. What’s up?

East Lansing Development Updates (Spoiler Alert: The Abbot Opens Late August)
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East Lansing Development Updates (Spoiler Alert: The Abbot Opens Late August)

News on The Abbot, The Graduate, affordable housing, Coleman Road, the new elementary schools, MSUFCU’s downtown project, and marijuana sales locations. We also tell you where in East Lansing the state’s wetland protection agency plans a new office building that would disturb a wetland.

In Change of Plans, The CITADEL Project Makes the Parking the City’s Problem
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In Change of Plans, The CITADEL Project Makes the Parking the City’s Problem

Is big new office space viable? What tax incentives will the developers want? And what does the new “stakeholders” team think of it all?

Downtown Development Authority Moves to Hire Independent Counsel
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Downtown Development Authority Moves to Hire Independent Counsel

Until now, East Lansing’s DDA has relied on City Attorney Tom Yeadon. Now it is moving to hire independent counsel.

East Lansing Real Estate Developer Scott Chappelle Indicted for Tax and Bank Fraud
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East Lansing Real Estate Developer Scott Chappelle Indicted for Tax and Bank Fraud

For years, citizen watchdogs warned the City of East Lansing not to continue partnering with Chappelle. If convicted on the bank fraud charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Now a “Stakeholders Committee” Will Work with Developers on Evergreen Properties
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Now a “Stakeholders Committee” Will Work with Developers on Evergreen Properties

Who will work with the developers to try to hammer out a deal this time? And why did the vote split 5-4?

DDA Signs Exclusive Agreement with River Caddis on Evergreen Properties
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DDA Signs Exclusive Agreement with River Caddis on Evergreen Properties

The mayor doesn’t want to be led with an offer of an office building and told later the developers want to construct towering student housing.

City Staff Recommends Another Exclusive Development Agreement on the Evergreen Properties
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City Staff Recommends Another Exclusive Development Agreement on the Evergreen Properties

With the only active proposal for the DDA’s properties, River Caddis Development wants an exclusive agreement. But do they have a viable concept?

Center City Developers Want to Convert Senior Housing to Allow Student Rentals
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Center City Developers Want to Convert Senior Housing to Allow Student Rentals

Many predicted this would happen, but few expected it so soon. What now?

City of East Lansing Is Resuming Meetings

City of East Lansing Is Resuming Meetings

Which City of East Lansing government meetings are starting up again, and which have yet to resume?

City of East Lansing Postpones Income Tax Deadline, and Faces Financial Uncertainty
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City of East Lansing Postpones Income Tax Deadline, and Faces Financial Uncertainty

People who owe the City of East Lansing an income tax return for 2019 now have until July 31 to file. But what’s the outlook for the City’s finances now?

And Then There Was One: Convexity Withdraws Its Proposal for the Evergreen Properties

And Then There Was One: Convexity Withdraws Its Proposal for the Evergreen Properties

With one developer pulling out, leaving only one left, this isn’t what East Lansing’s DDA had in mind when it sent out a call to developers about the Evergreen properties.