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East Lansing school board approves bids for new MacDonald Middle School wing

MacDonald Middle School will be getting an addition. 

According to excerpts from the article:
 
Finance director Richard Pugh said East Lansing school board members approved 15 of 17 bid packets Sept. 23. The contracts approved represent $5.8 million worth of work.

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New specialization gives students a chance to study LGBT issues

A new LGBTQ and sexual studies specialization at MSU recently.

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From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at Snyder-Phillips Hall, the Center for Gender in Global Context is hosting a series of events celebrating and thanking those who contributed to creating the new LGBTQ and sexuality studies specialization.

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Michigan groups receive $1.2 million to fight housing discrimination

Nearly $1.2 million in federal funding will be spent combating housing discrimination through new grants awarded to Michigan fair housing organizations.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday announced four Michigan organizations were among 95 agencies in 38 states to receive a total of $38.3 million in grants.
 
The money will help the organizations investigate and test alleged housing discrimination and educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims about the Fair Housing Act, according to HUD.
 
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Grand Ledge presents plans for riverfront

A new riverfront park has been proposed in Grand Ledge that could include an amphitheater, farmers market and fishing pier.

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The group’s goal is to develop the area along the riverfront east of the Opera House into a destination for the region, with improved access and facilities designed to bring more and larger events to the area. The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $3.2 million. Funding has not yet been identified, although planners assume it will be constructed over several years using a mix of local funds, grants and donations.

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Early childhood programs begin at re-opened Holbrook

The “Little Comets” child care program at the re-opened Holbrook School has begun, and enrollment has exceeded expectations.

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The program is now up to 107, and a growing waiting list may lead to the opening of an additional classroom, said Breanna Cleeves, the program’s supervisor.

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Eaton Co. agency gets $171,000 grant for struggling veterans

A federal grant will help veterans with housing needs in Eaton and Barry counties.

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Eaton County Housing Services will use the one-year, $171,380 grant from the U.S. Veteran Affairs Office to find and help an estimated 100 veterans between the two counties. The non-profit is one of 12 recipients in Michigan this year - which is the third cycle for the grant program, entitled “Supportive Services for Veteran Families.”

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East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Delhi Twp. get $60,000 in state grants for farmers markets

Three local communities have received grants for their farmers markets.

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East Lansing was awarded $35,000 for a covered plaza for the market and other events; Grand Ledge will receive $15,000 for a multi-use building along the river and Delhi Township was awarded $10,000 to create a community kitchen intended to expand the market into a year-round event and to provide space for community events such as wine tastings.

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Lansing Grand River plant's milestone 'means confidence'

The Lansing State Journal recounts the history of the General Motors Co.'s first assembly plant opened in more than a decade twelve years ago.

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The plant was more flexible, more robotic, than any other factory in the Detroit automaker’s lineup at the time — including four others in and around the city that wouldn’t survive the decade. It was modeled after GM’s own plants overseas, which were more innovative than those in North America and not organized under the powerful auto unions of the United States and Canada.

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New in town: St. Vincent De Paul

After a 2011 fire destroyed a REO Town non-profit just before Christmas, the organization has reopened. 

According to excerpts from the article:

The REO Town renaissance continues next week with the grand re-opening of the renovated St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 1020 S. Washington St. After a twoyear move to temporary quarters on South Cedar Street, it’s back in its 23,0000-square-foot home in the bustling historic district. 
 
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Plan for former City Center II property on fast track

DTN Management Co. plans to redevelop the 2.8-acre area of East Lansing known as City Center II on the fast track.

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East Lansing City Council members Tuesday approved a nine-page pre-development agreement with the Lansing Township-based firm, which last month was chosen to redevelop publicly owned property near the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road. The agreement gives DTN six months to complete a long to-do list — including holding multiple public forums — before it can put a shovel into the ground.

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2 Lansing-area commercial real estate firms merge

Two local real estate firms have announced a merger.

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NAI Mid-Michigan, of DeWitt Township, and Alaiedon Township-based TMN Commercial are operating as one firm effective immediately, said Jeff Shapiro, a principal in the new firm. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

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Grove Gallery & Studios celebrates five years in business

A downtown East Lansing business is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

According to excerpts from the article:

Several community members came to join a Celebrating Survival event at Grove Gallery & Studios, 325A Grove St. The event included group participation in a weaving using mixed materials, seeing the upgraded space and enjoying a versatile mix of the 12 members’ latest works.

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Waverly board OKs ISD tech partnership

The Waverly School Board has entered into a “hybrid proposal” for technology services with the Ingham Intermediate School District.

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“Given our situation, we need to do it,” said board member Alan Wright, who is the IT director for the state Senate. “We really need the help and they can provide it fast.”

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Recession alters shopper attitudes, secondhand shops thrive

Though technically over, resale shops are still feeling a boom from the recession. 

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For a variety of reasons — recession-weary customers looking for deals, an eco-friendly way to update wardrobes, a general aversion to buying mass-produced clothing in the wake of fatal factory accidents in developing countries — more people are considering resale shopping over buying new.

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Ingham County Land Bank has $56M impact on region, study says

The Ingham County Land Bank has created more than $56 million in economic activity and more than 400 jobs, according to a Michigan State University study.
 
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The study examined home sale price data from 2006 to 2012. MSU researchers determined that homes closest to a renovated land bank property sold for 5.2 percent more in that time period. Those farther away, between 500 and 1,000 feet, saw sale prices drop by 9.5 percent.

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