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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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Bringing cool to Lansing: Apple opens store in Eastwood

Fans of iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macintosh computers flocked to the Eastwood Towne Center when Apple opened its first Lansing-area store in early August. The store is the sixth Apple store in Michigan, and keeps Apple enthusiasts here rather than traveling to other cities to purchase or service products.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The tech giant invested $4 million in the 6,000-square-foot store, located between Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works stores at the north end of the mall, near U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road.

"The company’s other Michigan stores are in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Macomb County’s Clinton Township, Novi and Troy."
 
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Solar energy expansion makes BWL array largest in Michigan

An expansion of the solar energy project by the Board of Water and Light will triple the amount of renewable electricity available to Lansing homes and businesses, and make the array the largest in Michigan with close to 900 panels.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The newer, cheaper, more efficient panels boosts the array’s generating capacity from 54 kilowatts of electricity to 158 kilowatts, the utility said in a statement. BWL General Manager J. Peter Lark said that’s enough energy to power 80 homes, with no operating or maintenance costs."
 
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Challenge Manufacturing picks Greater Lansing over Missouri and Tennessee for new facility

Western Michigan-based Challenge Manufacturing plans to bring 420 jobs, $65.5 million in investment, and a new manufacturing facility to Watertown Township about 12 miles northwest of Lansing's downtown as part of a recently secured contract with General Motors.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) President & CEO Robert Trezise, Jr. said today that the Lansing area was once known for auto manufacturing, but in recent years has seen investment in areas as diverse as nanotechnology and nuclear physics. Now the auto industry is once again expanding."
 
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GM eyes Delta Plant for expansion

A $37 million expansion of the Lansing Delta Township plant is being considered by General Motors Co., pending discussion of tax cuts and other business incentives for the Detroit carmaker. The expansion is believed to be related to the anticipated production of the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car, slated to start in Lansing as soon as 2015.

According to excerpts from the article:
"With the Delta expansion, GM’s planned future investment in Lansing now tops $243 million. Across town at its Lansing Grand River assembly plant complex, the company is building a $44.5 million logistics center that will sort parts for the assembly line and plans a $162 million stamping plant. The two new operations would add 265 jobs."
 
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Re-imaged playground ready for play as East Lansing celebrates new structure in August

East Lansing's re-imagined playground at Patriarche Park will officially opened on Monday, August 4, as the city celebrates the vision, hard work and aggressive fundraising of stakeholders and volunteers through a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The idea behind the project was to bring a new playground to the park designed by the community, built by the community and with funds raised by the community.

"The new, 1.2-acre playground features a modern, eco-friendly design that is fully accessible and supports youth fitness. The playgrounds includes a wide variety of colorful play equipment, a poured-in-place playground surface, a rain garden, a brick entry plaza, walkways and more."
 
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Lansing School District puts Magic on the menu with new food services contract

Hometown hero Earvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with the Lansing School district to provide food services and additional educational programs through SodexoMAGIC—a partnership between Sodexo, Inc., and Magic Johnson Enterprises.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"SodexoMAGIC also will create an annual Student Well-Being Grant designed to provide programs and educational activities which improve the quality of life in the district. The new Junior Executive Development program will offer high school students an educational workshop designed to create awareness of career opportunities in corporate, community based organizations, and government."
 
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