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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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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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