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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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Meridian Township gives go-ahead for Aldi, apartment development

Construction of the German grocery story Aldi and a 21-unit apartment building north of Meridian Mall on Marsh Road is anticipated to start in mid-summer despite ongoing concerns about traffic congestion and density. The 25,000-square-foot store will be built by the Aldi Group while the Eyde Co. will build the apartments on the 5.4-acre parcel.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Initial plans last December called for two apartment buildings, but Eyde dropped one building amid resident and staff concerns.

"The project will next undergo a site plan review and will need a building permit, a process that takes around 60 days. Planning and Zoning Director Mark Kieselbach said it’s possible construction could start as early as Aug. 1."
 
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Growing Chinese population sparks East Lansing business growth

Chinese students are more than a niche market in East Lansing these days. With nearly one in 11 students at MSU coming from China, an increasing number of specialty businesses and services are popping up that cater to the entertainment, food and everyday needs of Chinese students.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"As their numbers have grown, they have brought with them new restaurants and pool halls and karaoke clubs, made their presence felt in the housing market, boosted sales of German cars.

"The impact is not small. The university’s Office for International Students and Scholars, using a standard formula, calculated the contribution of all international students to the local economy at $245 million for the 2012-13 academic year, and more than half of MSUs international students are Chinese."
 
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Waverly takes steps to create safe walking environment for kids

Students, parents, police officers, township planners and staff took a walk through neighborhoods surrounding the Waverly East Intermediate School as part of the process of applying for a Safe Roads to School Grant. The grant, say walkers, would provide around $208,000 for pedestrian improvements and help create a safe environment for walking and biking to school.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The idea is that the reconstruction of Michigan Avenue next year between Waverly Road and the Lansing city limit would be a golden opportunity for new sidewalks and other improvements near the school so that children will be able to safely walk or bike there."
 
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Expected senior population boom prompts East Lansing to examine housing restrictions

East Lansing is bracing for the "gray tsunami" in coming years by considering lifting restrictions on senior housing developments.  Officials say there may be a growing scarcity of housing for seniors as the senior population expands. Figures from the 2010 Census show that the number of residents 60 or older in East Lansing has grown nearly 40 percent since 1990, amounting to about 3,100 current residents.

According to excerpts from the article:
"The city now is trying to address housing for seniors because, while several apartment complexes have been developed locally, most have been marketed toward university students and young professionals."
 
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DNR summer program shows camp isn't just for kids anymore

Adults are invited to unplug from their electronic devices and spend a weekend in the great outdoors through a tech-free camp that includes activities like kayaking, hiking and archery.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Participants will swap their smartphones, tablets and laptops for journals and disposable cameras. They'll only be allowed to use their devices for emergencies or to check in with family in the evening.

"The camps will take place on August 15-17 and September 12-14 at YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch."
 
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St. Johns selects vendor to build new spray park

The city commission of St. Johns approved Michigan-based Superior Play as their vendor of choice for the Community Spray Park project. Fundraising continues for the community project that involves laying infrastructure, creating water features, and integrating structures from the previous public pool. Construction on the first phase of the park is expected to begin in mid-July.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"For now, the plan needs a little tweaking and then it has to go to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approval before construction can actually begin."

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Spartan Stadium end-zone project a game-changer for all sports

The $24 million end zone construction project in the works at Michigan State University holds promise for recruitment efforts across Spartan athletics. The expansion, school officials say, will result in a building that serves as a gathering place for future Spartans in all 25 MSU sports, and is slated for completion in late July and early August.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Spartans’ locker room will move from the west side of the tunnel to the east side, where the visitors locker room previously was. The reason is so MSU’s coaches and players will have a direct path to the second-floor recruiting room and engagement center….

"That is the real gem of the facility. When completed, the room will seat about 140 banquet-style … and there will be three 90-inch TVs and a pantry for catering. The glass windows offer a view directly to the footbridge that crosses over the Red Cedar River to the library."
 
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Michigan eyed as burger country by expanding Checker's chain

A privately-held burger chain based in Tampa, Fla., has its sights set on expanding in Michigan. Checker's Drive-In Restaurants may bring dozens of restaurants, hundreds of jobs, and its renowned bigger portions and bolder flavors to the state within the next few years.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Checkers —which opened in 1986 in Mobile, Ala. — makes no apology for its big-flavored, heavily-seasoned meat and fries. ...the company is targeting Michigan — and the Midwest — and the growth is a continuation of the company’s overall expansion trajectory."

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Police department signs lease for temporary south side location

The Lansing Police Department will continue to search for a permanent home after signing the lease on a temporary location in a building on the south side owned by the Lansing School District. The city begins a four-year lease with the Hill Center in July, and plans to move police operations from their current location at the Motor Wheel building.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Under the agreement, the city will not pay rent for the first two years. But it will spend $800,000 to renovate the building for police use. That work will include basic upgrades such as paint, carpet and technology, police Chief Mike Yankowski said. The department also will create locker, workout, break and interview rooms."

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MSU's Building Winning Teams program enlists top coaching talent for summer lineup

Business professionals looking to learn tips and techniques from athletic coaching powerhouses at Michigan State University will have the opportunity this summer through a special program offered by the MSU Eli Broad College of Business.
 
Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio will be at the forefront of "Building Winning Teams: A Quest for Excellence," from June 3-5 at MSU's James B. Henry Center for Executive Development.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"A total of seven Michigan State coaches will join faculty from MSU's Eli Broad College of Business. In addition to Izzo and Dantonio, head coaches Suzy Merchant (women's basketball), Tom Anastos (hockey), Jake Boss (baseball), Cathy George (volleyball), Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll (women's golf) and athletic director Mark Hollis will interact with participants."

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Lansing PR company joins Grand Rapids firm, maintains downtown presence

A top public affairs and issue management firm in Lansing was recently acquired by the Grand Rapids-based Lambert Edwards & Associates to form the largest PR firm in the state's capital and the largest public affairs firm in Michigan.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Sterling Corporation will remain a separate arm of LE&A, and will continue to operate under the Sterling brand, led by partners Steve Linder and Mark Pischea. While the firms will maintain their own Lansing offices, Sterling will have access to LE&A’s digital and creative services and investor relations expertise."

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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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