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Renovation of rehab unit in the works for Sparrow Hospital downtown campus

A $7 million renovation at Sparrow Hospital slated to start in 2015 will nearly double the number of rehabilitation beds at the main Lansing hospital and has the potential create up to 28 new jobs when completed in 2016.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The project is a joint venture with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids. When it’s finished, as soon as January 2016, Sparrow Hospital will offer 40 private patient beds …

"The unit … called Mary Free Bed at Sparrow, will include two therapy gyms."
 
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Douglas J project in downtown Okemos gets a jumpstart

A plan by Douglas J to reconstruct a well-traveled block in the center of Okemos may be powered up as township officials estimate the cost for raising and burying power lines will be about two-thirds less than originally expected.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The corner spanning Okemos and Hamilton roads … would become home to a new 25,000 square foot, three-story salon and spa building.
 
"Just to the west on Hamilton Road would be a three-story mixed-use building with retail on the first floor and a total of 12 apartments on the upper floors."
 
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Eaton Rapids mini-grants fight blight and improve property appeal

A new program in Eaton Rapids called Homeowners in Action will enable City Council to award up to 15 mini-grants of $1,500 each to address neighborhood blight or improve the curb appeal of a property.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Both homeowners and renters who can obtain their property owner’s approval can apply for the new grants. Eligible projects include exterior painting, carport, window, porch or awning additions, as well as landscaping efforts.
 
"Funding for the mini grants will come from Eaton Rapids Parks and Recreation budget."
 
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Automotive supplier gears up to add jobs, make parts for Lansing GM products

The North American arm of a German automotive supplier will add at least 125 jobs next month when it opens to make parts for General Motors products built at Lansing's two plants, including the Chevrolet Camaro and the next-generation Chevrolet Traverse.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
Kirchhoff Van-Rob Inc. … announced it is moving into a 125,000-square-foot building in Clinton County's Watertown Township. The company is investing $25 million into the facility on Felton Road, west of Capital Region International Airport, said Tony Parente, the company's president and chief operating officer.
 
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Gannon Building transformation edging toward completion

Although parts of the building are open, the student commons and service area that promises to transform Lansing Community College's Gannon Building into a "wow" factor for students and the community is on track to finish next month.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
The hallmark of the commons area is large glass panels looking onto Grand Avenue, Adado Riverfront Park and the Grand River … The glass panels replaced a brick wall in the former swimming facility. The space is expected to be used for guest speakers, live music and academic presentations.
 
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Training dollars available in Lansing

About 20 Lansing area employers are taking the initiative to bridge the talent gap and train prospective employees for necessary jobs by leveraging nearly $776,000 in funds available for skilled trades training through the Michigan Workforce Development agency.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
Skilled Trades Training Funds (STTF) was created as a recommendation from the governor, who recognized the continued momentum of Michigan's economy but companies' struggle with talent needs. The support of the Legislature helped create STTF.
 
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Sparrow plans new cancer center on site of old elementary school

A new cancer center and office building are part of the plans for a significant expansion by Sparrow Health System in the next year. The standalone center would bring all of Sparrow's cancer treatments under one roof and will sit across from the main hospital on the site of the former Bingham Elementary School.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The proposed project would include a five-story, 132,000-square-foot office building — the fifth floor would house mechanical functions — and a four-story parking ramp with ground-floor retail space facing Michigan Avenue…"
 
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MSU Federal Credit Union unveils plans to expand headquarters

The Michigan State University Federal Credit union plans to break ground on a $46 million dollar building near its East Lansing headquarters on West Road and add hundreds of new employees in the coming year.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The three-story building would have 186,000 square feet and house MSUFCU’s call center and its information technology and e-services departments.

"The credit union expects to outgrow its current building, which is more than 180,000 square feet, by 2017, said April Clobes, the credit union’s executive vice president and chief operating officer."

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Mixed-used development considered for long vacant site near the Capitol

A proposed $12 million development project near the state Capitol Complex could bring new townhouses and apartments as well as the headquarters for a state association to a now vacant city block.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Michigan Association of Broadcasters also plans to move its headquarters into a 9,000-square-foot building on the site, a 5.5-acre tract bounded by Butler Boulevard and Ottawa, Ionia and Sycamore streets.

"The association is teaming with developer David Ferguson, vice president of Lansing-based Ferguson Development. He would build and ultimately own the residential units."
 
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Construction begins on new student housing in Chandler Crossings

A new eight-building student housing complex will join the mix at the Chandler Crossing development in Bath township as construction gets underway on the 8.2 acre site. The complex is expected to be finished and available for occupancy before the 2015-2016 academic year.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
The development - dubbed The Rocks at Chandler Crossings - will consist of 119 apartments with one to four bedrooms and “high-end finishes,” including granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, Grand Rapids-based Wolverine Building Group said.
 
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Eydes to move back to Knapp's Centre after historic redevelopment

The Eyde Company is moving back into the building they have redeveloped as part of downtown Lansing's renaissance after 30 years of doing business in Meridian Township. The local developer will occupy 9,000 square feet on the fourth floor on the Knapp's Centre in a space replete with glass, windows and art deco styling consistent with the historic structure.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
Nick Eyde, George's son, was lead developer on the $36 million Knapp's Centre project. It was the company's first use of various tax-credit and loan programs that made the project feasible.
 
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Student mural installed at Allen Neighborhood Center

An eight-foot graffiti-style mural painted by children at the Reach Art Center was recently unveiled at the Allen Neighborhood Center. The mural showcased the growing farm-to-table movement in Lansing and resulted from a partnership between the neighborhood center and the Capital Area United Way.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
The mural is an amalgam of five winning designs and was painted on two, 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood, Reach's Joy Baldwin said. Nearly three-dozen teens spent about two months on the project, she said.
 
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Red Cedar Golf Course on par to become mixed-use development

The long anticipated transformation of Lansing's former Red Cedar Golf Course is expected to leap ahead under a historic $200 million-plus development agreement reached between Ferguson Continental Development Team and the City of Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:
"The mixed-use development, called the "Red Cedar Renaissance," is expected to include dining, retail, market rate apartments and a 20-acre park including a river. It will feature underground parking and pedestrian connections to campus, the River Trail and nearby Frandor shopping center."
 
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Family-owned developer eyes additional downtown real estate

The former Oliver Towers may soon be part of a mix of downtown real estate owned by the development team that renovated the Knapp's Centre.
 
The George F. Eyde Family LLC has expressed interest in purchasing the long-vacant apartments from the city of Lansing. While the company does not have a development plan for the towers, Eyde officials indicated the building may be transformed into a mixed used project with retail, offices or apartments.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… Eyde officials have said in early conversations they don’t plan to tear down the building, but rather gut the interior and refurbish the outside ... Oliver Towers has been empty since a fire damaged it in 2000. It most recently was the headquarters for the Lansing Housing Commission before the agency moved to Davenport University’s former campus at Kalamazoo and Cherry streets."
 
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Meijer takes wraps off renovated store on Lansing's south side

South Lansing residents recently joined company officials and workers at Meijer in celebrating the completion of an extensive 19-month upgrade to the retail and grocery outlet.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Walker-based chain's store at 6200 S. Pennsylvania Ave. now spans 192,000 square feet. Meijer Inc. officials said it was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and features a redesigned floor plan, expanded grocery section and a revamped pharmacy with drive-up service."
 
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