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Sears Outlet to open in vacated Value City site, create 20 jobs

A new Sears Outlet opening this June in Lansing's Delta Township will offer overstocked, lightly damaged or reconditioned merchandise for the home at substantial discounts to list prices.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"…the retailer chose Delta Township for its Lansing-area store because officials believe it will complement the Home Depot home improvement chain’s adjacent store. There also was a demand for discounted merchandise."

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Vision released for Michigan Avenue, Grand River and M-43 corridor

A recently released report by a team of national and regional planners says that green space, rapid transit and mixed-use buildings will be among the pearls that will beautify the 20-mile stretch of roadway between the Capitol and Webberville.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The report is the result of a series of planning meetings, called charrettes, held last year that studied land use, transportation and the environment along the corridor — widely considered ripe for redevelopment. It was organized by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and funded by part of a three-year, $3 million federal grant."
 
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Italian companies to expand to Lansing, bring dozens of jobs

Two Italian companies have selected Lansing as the base of their North American operations, creating up to 60 jobs within the next three years.
 
SAET, a Turin, Italy-based manufacturer of induction heat treating equipment, will locate a sales and service office in Lansing, while the Italian communications firm SATIZ plans to bring their technical publishing office to the region.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership is working with the two companies to find space for their operations.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
 "Bernero sold Lansing as a medium-sized, manageable city with a small, yet globally connected airport. He touted Michigan State University's resources and the close driving distance to Chicago and Detroit."
 
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More classes, more space on drawing board for Reach Studio Art Center

Reach Studio Art Center is undertaking a bold expansion that promises to beautify REO Town and give talented young artists a safe environment for creative expression.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The center, originally located at 1804 S. Washington Ave, plans to expand to nearly 10 times its current size, going from 1,100 square feet to 9,500 square feet."
 
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State grants to fund much-needed shade for popular concert venue

Concert-goers and performers no longer need to sweat it out after the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announced state grants to help fund a shade system for the popular Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheater in Delhi Township.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The shade system will make the amphitheater a more attractive, more pleasant venue for weddings, church services, and other performances."
 
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Van Atta Road bridge construction slated to begin

Lansing's Davis Construction will begin work on a new Van Atta Road bridge over the Red Cedar River Feb. 10 pending improvements in the weather.  The new structure will include deck width for a future sidewalk, per the township's non-motorized master plan.
  
According to excerpts from the article:
"The $940,000 project will consist of replacing the existing 60-foot long bridge that was constructed in 1935 with a 100-foot long bridge that will straddle the existing bridge foundations."
 
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Merge underway for two large health information exchanges

An East Lansing-based medical records exchange will merge with a similar Grand Rapids operation to provide services that help hospitals and doctor offices share patient information via computer instead of paper.
 
The Great Lakes Health Information Exchange and Health Connect are currently the two largest non-profit health information exchanges in Michigan.
 
According to excerpts from the article:

"The planned merger will create the largest health information exchange in Michigan with about 100 affiliated hospitals."
 
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FRIB construction back on track

Persistent efforts from public and private constituents have put the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams back on track and ready for a spring groundbreaking at Michigan State University.
 
According to excerpts from the article:

"There is $55 million for FRIB in the federal budget that passed both houses on Congress last week. After delaying construction for nearly two years, FRIB now is poised to break ground in the spring, to invest more than $160 million in construction costs alone over the next four years."
 
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Demolition makes way for new playground at Patriarch Park

Kids and adults will find a new place to play come July as crews from E.T. MacKenzie began tearing down the old wooden play structure at East Lansing's Patriarche Park.
 
The $576,000 project will reimagine the popular play area at the city's largest park, providing a more accessible, barrier-free design. Construction is expected to start in April.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
 
"The project was spearheaded by the Rotary Club of East Lansing. It launched a fundraising drive in early 2012 and has raised more than $407,000 toward the project through community organization and individual donations, as well as a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund."
 
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Redevelopment of former trailer park approved in Delhi Township

Plans to build an $8.1 million apartment complex on the former site of the Holt Manor Mobile Home Park have been approved by the Delhi Township Board of Trustees.
 
Construction on the 91-unit Prestwick Village is expected to begin in 2014, and will occur in two phases.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
 
"The Delhi Township Planning Commission recommended approval of the site, with conditions such as requested open space to comprise of at least 35 percent of the site, and a privacy fence along the west side of the property, that is next to homeowner properties."
 
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Construction contractor Christman acquires Tennessee firm

Lansing-based construction contractor Christman Co. will expand its reach into the Southeast by merging with the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Rentanbach Constructors, Inc.
 
According to excerpts from the article, the two companies will retain their separate business names for the "near term."
 
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Swedish retailer bringing popular clothing line to Meridian Township

Scandanavian clothing retailer H&M will be opening a store at Meridian Mall this spring.

According to excerpts from the article the 20,000-square-foot store in Meridian Township will be the first Lansing-area location for the Swedish-based company.

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Mason eyes public transportation hub in master plan

Officials in Mason are fine-tuning the focus of what the city will look like in the coming decade.
 
According to excerpts from the article a new formal master plan is in the works that acknowledges the growth of public transportation across the state, and calls for Mason to eventually have a “Public Transportation Hub.”
 
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New fitness center looks to Motiv8 area residents

A new fitness studio has opened in St. Johns.

According to excerpts from the aritcle:

There is no “membership,” and there is no open gym. To utilize the facility, you need to join a class and show up on time. Some classes will have drop-in opportunities.

Motiv8 Fitness & Training offers personal training, sport and life coaching as well as group fitness classes.

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New health facility coming to Delta

Work on a new, $9-million Ciena Healthcare facility is underway in Delta Twp. 

According to excerpts from the article:

Scheduled to open next fall, the 78,500-square-foot, 100-bed facility will provide both long-term skilled care and short-term rehabilitative services and bring 120 new jobs to the area.

Read the entire story here.
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