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Grocery chain Valu Land to open Lansing location

The new grocery store coming to Colonial Village is Valu Land. 

According to excerpts from the article:

Valu Land, owned by Grand Rapids-based Spartan Stores Inc., is expected to open by late summer, spokeswoman Jeanne Norcross said. It will occupy roughly 20,000-25,000 square feet in the Colonial Village Shopping Center near the intersection of West Mount Hope Avenue and Boston Boulevard.

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3 development proposals advance for blighted downtown East Lansing area

Three firms are vying to redevelop a key downtown East Lansing property after a committee narrowed the field down from six.

According to excerpts from the article:

The three firms — rental housing company DTN Management Co. of Lansing Township; Urban Cultural and Arts District LLC, represented by Lansing’s Studio Intrigue Architects LLC; and Lurvey White Ventures, a Flint developer — survived the first cut in an effort to repurpose 2.8 acres of publicly owned land near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road.

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FRIB might get $55 million from federal government

MSU's FRIB is included in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal.

According to excerpts from the story:
 
In his proposal, $55 million was allotted for MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, in addition to more than $1.2 billion for various national higher education awards and contests and an increase in Pell Grant funding.

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Mayor Bernero welcomes new business owners to Old Town during ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Five new and two relocated businesses in Old Town celebrated ribbon cuttings with Mayor Virg Bernero last week.

According to excerpts from the article:

The businesses, each of which has opened or re-opened in the past nine months, include Linda J. Beeman Studio, Salon 1131, Old Town Marquee, Portable Feast, Bradly’s Home and Garden, Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Michigan Community Resources.

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New hangar construction to start next month

The Charlotte airport will soon get new airplane hangar space that is expected to generate $27,000 a year.

According to excerpts from the article

Charlotte City Council approved a contract for construction of the 10-unit T-hangar with Johnson Diversified Services of Mason at its April 8 meeting. The addition will cost $424,092, which will be paid for through Federal aviation funds that are awarded annually for Fitch H. Beach Municipal Airport.

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HopCat brewpub gets final approval

The site plan for the East Lansing version of the Grand Rapids-based HopCat brewery was approved East Lansing City Council meeting at City Hall.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The bar is scheduled to be built on the ground floor of The Residences, 211 Ann St., the eight-story apartment building under construction downtown.
 
At its Feb. 27 meeting, the East Lansing Planning Commission unanimously recommended council approve the special use permit and site plan for the brewpub.

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HopCat brewpub gets final approval

The site plan for the East Lansing version of the Grand Rapids-based HopCat brewery was approved East Lansing City Council meeting at City Hall.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The bar is scheduled to be built on the ground floor of The Residences, 211 Ann St., the eight-story apartment building under construction downtown.
 
At its Feb. 27 meeting, the East Lansing Planning Commission unanimously recommended council approve the special use permit and site plan for the brewpub.

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Ingham County OKs clean-up funds for Douglas J project

Douglas J’s $10 million development plan has received a boost with the approval of funds from Ingham County to demolish the exsiting buildings and clean up contaminated soil at the site.

According to excerpts from the article:

The county board of commissioners approved a plan provide up to $328,000 through the county’s redevelopment authority to demolish the former Traveler’s Club, Triple Goddess Book Store and White Bros. A date for demolition is not finalized.

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Lansing Township seeks Ingham County help to redevelop contaminated trucking facility

Lansing Township is asking Ingham County's help with a new development project.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
Township leaders want to borrow money from the state to front cleanup costs at a contaminated former trucking facility developers want to convert into a business park. But Ingham County would have to essentially co-sign on a brownfield loan from Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality because the township has more outstanding debt than allowed under law and can’t borrow any more until some is repaid.

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Eaton County gets $3M park grant from Snyder

Eaton County will receive $3 million to purchase 424 acres of land for a new park. 

According to excerpts from the article:

The money in the bill signed Wednesday comes from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which consists of royalties from sales and leases of state-owned mineral rights. Most of the 76 grants will go to local governments that also cover part of the projects’ costs.

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First G.A.R. museum in state headed to downtown Eaton Rapids

Local supporters in Eaton Rapids are seeking support for a building to become the only G.A.R. museum in Michigan. 

According to excerpts from the article:

In the late 1800s the building was a Grand Army of the Republic Hall, where members of the country’s first veterans organization who served in the Civil War, gathered. Today it’s nearly empty - but awaiting a bigger purpose.

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Michigan State University students score SXSW win for new app, TempoRun

Michigan State University students won a SXSW contest with their running app.
 

According to excerpts from the story:

TempoRun, an iPhone app designed to help runners maintain their ideal running pace will be hitting the market later this month.

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Meijer expands its Made in Michigan program

Meijer is expanding its Michigan-made grocery selection.

According to excertps from the article:

Company Co-Chairman Doug Meijer announced Tuesday that the Made in Michigan initiative will feature 55 new locally made grocery products in all its stores statewide.
 
Meijer launched Made in Michigan early last year with the Michigan State University Product Center for Food-Ag-Bio.

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North route chosen for Connector extension

The Delta Twp. board has decided to route the East-West Connector extension north of the Delta Township District Library.

According to excerpts from the article:

Safety and aesthetics were the two reasons the north route was chosen. The south route would have crossed two library parking lot entrances as well as a drainage swale. It would also have been close to detention ponds.

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Documents show DTN Management Co. acquires rights to former City Center II parcel

DTN Management Co. now has an ownership interest in the City Center II building in downtown East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:

The property, located at 100 W. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing, had been slated for redevelopment as part of the failed public-private City Center II venture but fell into foreclosure in Oct. 2012.

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