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More retail, apartments proposed for downtown by Knapp's Centre developers

Developers behind the renovation of the Knapp's Centre in downtown Lansing want to breathe new life into two empty storefronts directly across the street from the iconic building. Ground floor retail and eight upstair apartments are among the features of the proposed project slated to open next spring.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The storefronts — 228 and 232 S. Washington Square, across Washtenaw from the new Knapp's Centre — most recently were home to a Hallmark Gold Crown gift store and Capital City Books and Magazines.

"George F. Eyde Family LLC, a company owned by leaders of Meridian Township-based Eyde Co., pitched the $1.5 million project. It would total 13,500 square feet, with nearly half of it devoted to retail. Eight upstairs apartments would be offered at market rates, developer Nick Eyde said."
 
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Leaders break ground on new headquarters for Williamston police

City and civic leaders recently broke ground on a new police headquarters in Williamston that will replace the annex blown down in the 2007 tornado. The building will be the first in the city's history completely dedicated to police.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Williamston Police Chief Bob Young said the new building has been in the planning stages since the Annex was destroyed; the only question was how to pay for it. …
 
"The goal is to have the building ready for occupancy in February of next year.

"The building will include an interview room, safe and secure evidence and weapons storage, office space, updated equipment and technology."
 
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Developers foresee effect of FRIB on regional economy

As foundations are poured and walls go up, economic developers anticipate the upcoming Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University will also accelerate the economy of the surrounding region.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… students in Michigan State University’s Urban and Regional Planning practicum course … authored a recent report titled 'Accelerating Capital: Growing the Greater Lansing Region and Investment through Rare Isotopes.'
 
"… aside from scientific advances, the report notes 'The FRIB could be an anchor to MSU, East Lansing, and the Greater Lansing Region.'

"In similar areas, technology clusters have driven local economies. The students looked at similar facilities as case studies for comparison, including Fermilab in Chicago and TRIUMF in Vancouver. But realistically, this facility will be one of a kind."
 
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Five things to know about Fresh Thyme as it comes to East Lansing

Described as a hybrid between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open the doors on new store near the campus of Michigan State University in 2015.  East Lansing is among the first of seven planned locations in Michigan for the natural organic specialty store, supported with a major investment from Meijer, Inc.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Like a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, Fresh Thyme is expected to draw from a much larger drive time or ring around a store than a traditional supermarket might pull from because the store is a specialty shop.
 
"Fresh Thyme was designed to be a full-service grocery store, but … it will likely be one of several stops for an average shopper."
 
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MSU Federal Credit Union opens new branch in Mason

Mason joined the growing list of cities and suburbs hosting a branch office of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. The MSUFCU's newest branch features a 24-hour, drive-up ATM and will employ 12 people.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"With the Mason location, the East Lansing-based credit union has 12 local offices and two affiliated with Oakland University. It has more than 185,000 members and nearly $2.7 billion in assets."
 
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Eastwood Towne Center to welcome Massachusetts-based J.Jill clothier

The upscale women's clothing store J.Jill will join the growing lineup of new retailers that have found space in the Eastwood Towne Center in the past several months.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Quincy, Massachusetts-based retailer plans a 3,600-square-foot store between the Express and American Eagle apparel stores …

"The storefront previously was home to New York-based Aeropostale Inc., which closed its Eastwood store in January."

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East Lansing places in top 10 of most walkable small cities in nation

If you're looking for a livable community where you can "get your walk on," East Lansing may be just the place. According to a recent U.S. Census report, the Michigan State college town appears at the top of the walkability scale when ranked among smaller cities.

According to excerpts from the article:
"Between the years of 2008 and 2012, East Lansing was ranked eighth on the list of most walkable small cities (those with population between 20,000 and 99,999), with 23.3 percent of residents saying they walk to work."
 
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Eaton Rapids to open new dog park

Two-legged residents of Eaton Rapids will soon have a space to romp with their four-legged companions when city and community organizers unleash a new public dog park at the end of August.

According to excerpts from the article:
"The new park, under construction since mid-July at 200 Eaton Pines Blvd., next to Rose Hill Cemetery, … will offer separate fenced-in play areas for both large and small dogs, a quarter-mile walking trail for leashed animals, parking and open space."

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Dramatic expansion nearly complete at Dart's Mason site

About 400 new jobs are projected to come to the Mason area as Dart Container wraps up construction on the company's largest local expansion in a half century. The nearly $50 million investment in a new office building and warehouse will accommodate operations for the Solo Cup Company which Dart acquired in 2012.

According to excerpts from the article:
"Dart's expansion is not stopping there. The company is investing an additional $10 million to renovate buildings at the Mason site. Those changes will include a 10,000 square foot fitness center and adding more office space."

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New transportation hub on track in East Lansing

Travelers should have a place next summer to hop on the Amtrak or catch a Greyhound, Megabus or Indian Trail motorcoach as demolition gets underway on the site of a new multimillion-dollar transportation hub run by the Capital Area Transportation Authority.
 
Walls began tumbling in mid-August on the old Michigan State University Surplus Store and Printing Services buildings, the first in a series of steps to replace the 40-year-old train station near S. Harrison and Trowbridge roads.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The project is funded by a $6.3 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant, plus $500,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation. MSU owns the site and leases it to CATA to manage the station.

"CATA awarded a contract for the project to Holt-based Laux Construction earlier this summer."
 
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Delhi shopping plaza redeveloped into medical care center offering high-demand services

A Lansing area cardiologist has redeveloped the former Delhi Village Square plaza at 2380 N. Cedar Street into a new medial center with urgent care, primary care and cardiovascular care under one roof.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Lansing Cardiovascular Consultants will have an office there along with Patient Central, an urgent care center that will be open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. all year.

"It will also offer primary care physicians.

"Next door will be a regional lab and pharmacy."
 
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GM confirms plans to construct stamping plant in Lansing

General Motors Co. said it plans to build a $174 million stamping General Motors Co. adjacent to the Lansing Grand River assembly complex. The 225,000-square-foot plant will add 145 jobs when it opens in 2016, and is among several recent announcements related to GM growth in the Lansing area.

According to excerpts from the article:
"The new facility will produce stamping components for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS family of vehicles and 'a future product,' General Motors said in a press release issued today. Lansing has been announced as the site of the next Camaro, though the company has not drawn a direct line between this investment and the sporty ride."
 
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Detroit area developer offers to buy Waverly Golf Course

Seven years after closing amid budget cuts, the 120-acre Waverly Golf Course is being considered for sale to Livonia's Schostak Bros. & Co. for potential retail and residential development. The Detroit-area development company and restaurant franchise owner said no firm plans are in place, but offered up $5.8 million for the site—or more than $3 million above the appraised value.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Schostak Bros. focuses primarily on commercial development in the Detroit suburbs, but the family-owned company has projects in 19 states. Its Team Schostak Family Restaurants arm operates several restaurant chains in the state, including Burger King, Olga’s Kitchen and Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill. Some of its Burger King and Applebee’s restaurants are in and near Lansing."
 
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Crego Park welcomes visitors after being closed for decades

Crego park officially reopened for kayaking, fishing and general recreation after being closed and under clean-up for 28 years when industrial waste was found on the site of Lansing's largest park.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"City officials used a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and $250,000 from Lansing’s parks millage fund to add a permeable-surface parking area, a fishing pier and a handicap-accessible launching facility for canoes and kayaks.
 
"… The city applied for the state grant several years ago after being told the land was useable again."
 
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Community welcomes new Sparrow emergency facility in St. Johns

A recently opened emergency department at the Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St. Johns provides residents with timely access to critical care as well as a modern place to work. The cost of the new $5.7 million facility, Sparrow officials say, was partially offset by community philanthropy pledged through a year long capital campaign.   
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The new facility includes many improvements over the existing emergency department. Design highlights include … 10 private treatment rooms, including one decontamination/isolation room; two rooms designed to meet the needs of children and two rooms equipped as trauma rooms for treatment of life-threatening emergencies."

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