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Growing sales and love of the bean prompts Paramount Coffee expansion

Paramount Coffee will begin distributing locally roasted beans from a 58,000-square foot facility near the Capital Region International Airport as the nearly 80-year-old company invests $3.5 million in its local operations.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The smell of roasting coffee beans won’t leave North Larch Street in Lansing, however. Paramount will keep its production facility near Cooley Law School Stadium, with plans to add another 20,000 square feet within two years on a site it bought next door, company leaders said."
 
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Consumers brings new employee training back to Michigan with Potterville center

Thousands of newly-hired workers at Consumer Energy will receive training from field experts through a recently opened 15,000-square foot facility in Potterville.

The new Consumers Energy Training Center was opened through an agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America, and will bring jobs and training back to Michigan that up to now has been outsourced to a facility in Ohio.

According to excerpts from the article:
"In the next five years Consumers officials say an estimated 2,500 of their employees from throughout Michigan will attend classes at the new facility. Currently, there are six, full-time staff at the center."
 
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Bird sanctuary in Delta Township receives grant

The Capital City Bird Sanctuary at Hawk Valley Farm bequeathed by the late Lansing businessman and environmentalist Carl Haussman recently received a $9,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation to improve the habitat, grounds and programming.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Plans call for 2.5 miles of easy walking trails with interpretive signs, demonstration areas for native plants and landscapes, a bird-feeding station and a community vegetable garden.

"Three-quarters of a mile of one trail will follow the bank of the Grand River. Visitors will also be able to walk through two other distinct habitat zones: woodland and grassland."
 
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East Lansing revs up development with car wash apartments

Three floors of apartments are set to rise above the one-story Showroom Shine Car Wash, 248 W. Grand River, as East Lansing commissioners approved a plan for a mixed-use development in what many are calling the city's development hot spot.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The apartments will be above the wash’s detail shop on the eastern portion of the building, not above the wash itself. Residents would have parking for both cars and bicycles."
 
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New Marriott in Meridian Township to accommodate extended stay visitors

Visitors in town for a longish stay will have a new place to call a home-away-from-home as construction gets underway on a Marriott Residence Inn on Hagadorn Road near the Hannah Plaza.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Project manager Brian Meyer of R.W. Mercer Co., explained that with the Marriott's location being so close to Michigan State University, there was more of a demand for extended stay accommodations in the area.
 
"The hotel will be 72,000 square feet and equipped with approximately 94 rooms. The new rooms will include kitchenettes and some will have up to two bedrooms."
 
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Regional planners and developers take lead on east-west corridor

Developers and municipal leaders continue to unveil plans for improving neighborhoods, attracting new businesses and linking cities and townships along the major east-west corridor that runs 20-miles between downtown Lansing and Webberville.

According to excerpts from the article:
"While other areas around Lansing also are receiving attention — the REO Town business district on South Washington Avenue, for example — Michigan Avenue is the subject of a coordinated approach to regional planning that involves both the public and private sectors."
 
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Lansing to welcome its first distillery to Stadium District

Followers of the microbrewery movement may soon enjoy another type of fermentation come summer as American Fifth Spirits lays plans to open Lansing's first micro-distillery across from Cooley Law School Stadium
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"American Fifth will be both a distillery and social club, which will sell its spirits wholesale as well as offering a more low key atmosphere. …
 
"American Fifth is partnering with Red Cedar Spirits of East Lansing to produce their signature vodka called 'Hue,' which … like the rest of the spirits that will come through American Fifth, is made with Michigan grown products."
 
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Outfield Apartments on deck as city council approves renovations to stadium

Urban dwellers with a yen for baseball may soon have the option of never leaving the park as developer Pat Gillespie winds up to add a three-story residential apartment complex called "The Outfield" to Cooley Law School Stadium.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Lansing City Council voted 7-1 to approve the renovations to the 18-year-old home of the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday. Gillespie estimates the project will cost nearly $23 million – $10 million to renovate the stadium and another $13 million for the apartments."
 
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Local IT firm joins Draper Eyewear as first two tenants in Knapps Centre

Pioneering tenant Draper Eyewear will have a new neighbor as a local IT company plans to move operations to the renovated Knapps Centre this summer.
 
Dewpoint Inc., will bring more than 100 employees downtown and to the second floor of the Knapp's Centre. Draper Eyewear made the move from its previous location on Allegan Street in May to occupy a space on the first floor.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
Dewpoint Inc. … plans to move into more than 10,000 square feet on the second floor of the Knapp’s Centre at the corner of Washington Square and Washtenaw Street. Of the company’s 144 workers, 133 are based in Lansing."

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New and renovated stores open at Meridian Mall

School is out and summer shopping is in high gear as Meridian Mall announced the opening of one new and two remodeled fashion, apparel and specialty retailers, including Crazy 8s, Charlotte Russe and Spencer.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The new store designs and layouts are very timely for summer shopping creating new excitement for Meridian Mall as the mall works towards a strategic re-merchandising plan that will continue throughout this year and into 2015."
 
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DEFYE leaves mall to open Lansing wholesale operation

The owner of the DEFYE clothing label has decided to broaden the reach of his artistic brand by closing his retail operation in the Meridian Mall and going wholesale. Michael Doherty reopened his headquarters in early June at the John Bean Building at 1306 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:
"Doherty, 35, doesn’t want to have his own store right now. Rather, he said, he wants large, national chains to carry his brand.

"…Doherty said he plans to target clothing retailers such as Kearney, Neb.-based Buckle Inc., which has stores often located in shopping malls, and Glik’s, a family-owned business based in Granite City, Ill. He said he also would like to market DEFYE to more upscale department stores such as Macy’s Inc. and Nordstrom Inc."

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New public art in St. Johns symbolizes economic unity of Mid-Michigan

St. Johns joins the growing number of communities in Mid-Michigan that are unveiling new pieces of public art in their communities with support from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership's Public Art for Communities program.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The sculpture, titled 'Opolis' by the artist Tim Higgins, was unveiled May 21 during a special ceremony.

"… Bob Trezise, CEO of LEAP, was on hand for the unveiling and shared some thoughts about the art piece and the importance of art in attracting people and businesses to the Greater Lansing area."

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Dart Bank eyes expansion on site of shuttered Inco Graphics plant

Crews are removing asbestos and other contaminants from the former Inco Graphics plant at 222 W. Ash Street in Mason as preparations get underway to build a new headquarters for Dart National Bank on the site.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Construction of the bank’s 25,000-square-foot headquarters will begin in 2015 with completion expected by 2016. The bank’s main office has been next door to the plant for 44 years.

"The $6.5 million expansion will combine both properties into one 3.7-acre site. It will provide 50 to 70 construction jobs and add six new employees to the Dart Bank headquarters."
 
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Century-old mural discovered in REO Town, preservation plan underway

A giant advertising mural uncovered during the demolition of a building next to the Reach Studio Art Center will be preserved as part of the studio's ongoing expansion into several adjoining storefronts in REO Town.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The mural building went up in 1916 and once housed a Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company store, otherwise known as the A&P grocery chain, Brinkman said.

"That means the mural is 92 to 98 years old."

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New sidewalk on Old U-27 adds to walkability of DeWitt Township

A new state grant will pay for part of the construction of a 10-foot wide pedestrian path on Old US-27 in DeWitt Township. The path, say officials, will eventually connect to the Lansing River Trail and the Northern Tier Trail in East Lansing.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The pathway will be constructed on the east side from Sheridan Road north to Northcrest Road. A five-foot sidewalk will go in on the west side of the road as part of the same project.
 
"The total cost of the project will be $866,939, with a Transportation Alternative grant from MDOT providing $419,927."
 
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