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Meridian Mall welcomes Gordmans

A discount chain with roots in the Midwest plans to locate its second Michigan store in the Meridian Mall just in time for the holiday shopping season. Omaha, Neb.-based Gordmans Inc. will occupy a nearly 20,000-square-foot addition to the mall as well as 30,000 square feet in the J.C. Penney wing.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Gordmans chain has 95 stores in 20 states. Its only Michigan store is in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. The retailer plans to open seven stores in 2014, according to the retailer’s web site."

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Eaton Rapids receives funding for restoration of historic pedestrian bridge

A more than 100-year-old pedestrian bridge leading to an island in Eaton Rapids will receive a makeover this fall. Seventy-five percent of the $450,000 project will come from a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation with remaining funds from the Eaton Rapids Downtown Development Authority.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"…. the west bridge project should help restore the structure to a like-new condition. (City Manager Jon Stoppels) said during construction the bridge won’t be completely torn down but taken apart and built back up. When it’s finished the bridge will sport new decorative street lamps."
 
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LEAP public art grants awarded to three Greater Lansing communities

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership donated $30,000—or $10,000 each—to the city of East Lansing and the townships of Delta and Delhi. The total of $30,000 is part of LEAP's Public Art for Communities grant program.

The grant program, says LEAP leadership, represent a commitment to building a sense of community and place, and can help wipe away the "Michigan rust-belt image."

According to excerpts from the article:
"To be eligible for a grant, local governments must adopt a public art policy addressing maintenance and liability issues and creating committees to work with artists."
 
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Shuttered fire stations may be transformed into permanent homes

New buyers may convert two closed Lansing fire stations into single-family homes if plans are approved by the City Council this spring.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"If City Council agrees, the would-be buyers’ plans for the former firehouses — No. 5, on Todd Avenue near Mt. Hope Avenue; and No. 7, near the corner of North Jenison Avenue and Saginaw Street — would bring the city-owned buildings onto property tax rolls and serve as high-profile examples of reclaiming urban space."

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Bridge projects, guardrail work among summer road repairs for US 127, I-96

While snow and ice won't impede drivers now that winter has waned, the lines of orange barrels along major roadways just might as construction season beings. 

According to excerpts from the article:
"A bevy of bridge repair projects in southern and eastern Ingham County and guardrail work along Interstate 96 in Eaton and Ingham counties are among the biggest initiatives set for this year, with numerous local repaving projects also scheduled around the region."

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Sidewalks in planning stages in Delta Township

Resident demands to keep walkers out of the road when connecting to walking and biking pathways is bringing several sidewalk projects to the Delta Township Board for approval.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Two new sidewalks are priorities this year, one on the south side of Arden between Maycroft and Robbins and the other on the east side of Canal between Treadwell and Water’s Edge. Public hearings on them have already been held."

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Two new hotels looking at Greater Lansing

Travelers to Greater Lansing may find more options for overnight lodging near the busy Lake Lansing corridor as two hotel chains lay plans to return to the market.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Besides Holiday Inn, a Hilton Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel — part of McLean, Va.-based Hilton Worldwide — also is in the works north of the Eastwood Towne Center shopping center, said Steve Hayward, executive director of Lansing Township’s Eastwood Downtown Development Authority."

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Food entrepreneurs gear up for televised competition

A gourmet hotdog cart from the streets of Eaton Rapids is one of two businesses going head-to-head on a spring episode of "Food Court Wars." Mark’s Gourmet Dogs will be pitted against Grand Grillin of Lansing in the reality-based competition. The episode will air May 25 on the Food Network.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… Mark’s Gourmet Dogs, spent the week of March 17 to 21 filming with the national show in an effort to win his own spot at the Lansing Mall food court. The show will air sometime in late May and for now the outcome is a secret."

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New network to promote Michigan-produced foods in schools, hospitals

Increasing the amount of Michigan-produced foods served in schools, hospitals and other institutions will be the focus of a new network launched through the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental group. The Michigan Farm to Institution network will connect farmers, food processors and food service directors.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Organizers want schools, child care centers, hospitals, colleges and universities to get 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors by 2020."

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Southern pathways extend Lansing River Trail network

Crews have begun work on a $3 million project that will add two new pathways to the Lansing River Trail and extend the biking and walking network through South Lansing and Holt.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Sycamore Trail will connect with the southern trailhead of the Lansing trail at Maguire Park. It then will wind south through Delhi Township to connect with an existing trail at Willoughby Road and Pine Tree Road at Maple Ridge Cemetery. That existing trail then feeds south into Holt — three miles from Maguire Park."

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New rapid transit line will overhaul bus transit system planners say

The vision for a new bus rapid transit line between the state capitol and the Meridian Mall continues to take shape through ongoing public charrettes in East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:
"The proposal represents a merging of ideas from bicyclists, East Lansing business owners, residents and Michigan State University employees and students, said Kenneth Garcia, town planner for Coral Gables, Fla.-based Dover, Kohl & Partners, an urban planning and design firm."

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City encouraged to act on East Lansing development

A downsized plan for the redevelopment of the Trowbridge Plaza was recently presented to the East Lansing Planning Commission that involves scaling back the number of residential units and rehabbing a vacant structure.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… Caddis Development Group LLC, now wants to build a five-story, mixed-use building near the existing shopping center at Trowbridge and Harrison roads and renovate a building that once housed the Oodles of Noodles and Pretzel Bell restaurants."
 
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FRIB breaks ground, culminates years of planning and cooperation

In what local, state and national leaders agree is a "labor of love," the Facility for Rare Isotopes Beams officially broke ground on the campus of Michigan State University, heralding an expected economic boon for Michigan.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"…FRIB's expected total economic activity could result in more than $1 billion being added to the state's economy and could lead to the creation of nearly 5,500 high tech and construction jobs, attract more than 800 visiting scientists through the facility, and generate $187 million in new tax revenues for the state."

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Property tax break approved for Oneida Township parts supplier

The privately held tier-one auto parts supplier L&W Engineering will receive a tax break from Oneida Township to expand operations and potentially add 100 more jobs to the already 300 people employed through the site. 
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Before the end of 2014, the company plans to invest an additional $2 million in building expansion and $8 million in equipment to build parts for the Camaro, expected to be added to the product mix at Lansing Assembly in 2015."
 
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Contractor announces groundbreaking for Whole Foods store

Wolverine Business Group announced plans to start construction on the new 36,000-square foot Whole Foods grocery store in Meridian Township this April. The store is expected to create about 250 to 275 jobs and will sell organic produce and other healthy food options year-round.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Whole Foods officials have said it would open in 2015 at the former location of Velocipede Peddler on Grand River Avenue between Hagadorn and Park Lake roads. … It will be the seventh Michigan location for the Austin, Texas-based grocery chain. Others are located in Ann Arbor, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy and Detroit."

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