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Meridian Mall expansion proposed

Okemos' Meridian Mall may soon expand.

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The Okemos mall is proposing an 18,650-square-foot addition near a J.C. Penney Co. Inc. department store — on what is now a mall service area — and convert other retail space for a new retailer, according to an application the mall filed with Meridian Township.

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Flurry of new restaurants, retailers opening along Saginaw corridor in Delta Township

A number of new business are cropping up in Delta Twp. along the Saginaw Highway corridor.

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Township Supervisor Ken Fletcher said a national economy that is gradually recovering from the recession is leading the charge, along with new local residential construction in various neighborhoods, including Ashford Manor and Pointe West.

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Planet Fitness to open gym in Meridian Mall

Fitness company Planet Fitness plans to open a facility inside the Meridian Mall early next year.

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The fitness center’s franchise owner said it will create 15 jobs and spend more than $2 million when it opens inside 23,000 square feet near Shoe Carnival and Macy’s stores in the Okemos mall.

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Bath Twp. buys property for non-motorized path

A $40,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant will allow Bath Township to purchase the last piece of property needed for a non-motorized pathway around Park Lake.
 
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Supervisor Paula Clark and clerk Kathleen McQueen were authorized by the township board Oct. 7 to finalize the purchase of the 4.2-acre site at the southeast corner of the lake from the Laughlin Trust for $60,000. The undeveloped land is on the west side of Park Lake Road south of State Road.

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Transforming Michigan Avenue: Private developers taking the lead on key thoroughfare

With developers investing in mixed-use projects, the Michigan Avenue corridor is positioned to be Lansing's next big area for growth.

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It’s the subject of an expansive ongoing study looking at land use, transportation and streetscapes along the 20-mile stretch that includes parts of Grand River Avenue in East Lansing and Meridian Township and M-43 to the east. Regional planners have been collecting thoughts on the way buildings should look, from their proximity to the street to the placement of parking.

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Lansing-based IDV Solutions opens third site near Washington, D.C.

Lansing-based IDV Solutions will soon open a Washington, D.C-area office.

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IDV Solutions, which has its headquarters on Executive Drive in Lansing, opened its third site in Reston, Va., where it will work largely with federal agencies and the military, the company said Wednesday.

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Sparrow-Mayo partnership pays off

Aftter a year of partnership, the Mayo Clinic and Sparrow Health System are sharing some of their successes.

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In June 2012, Lansing’s Sparrow became the first Michigan-based hospital system to join Mayo’s nationwide provider network, a group of hospitals and health organizations that share common practices and some patient care.

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Neogen buys N.C. vet equipment supplier

Neogen Corp. is growing its portfolio.

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The Lansing-based food and animal safety company bought Prima Tech USA, which makes veterinary tools used for injections, topical or oral use, for $12.9 million, Neogen said Friday.

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Soil tests next for proposed Red Cedar Golf Course redevelopment project

Soil samples soon be collected at the former Red Cedar golf course determine if a redevelopment project will be built there.

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Ingham County Drain Commissioner Patrick Lindemann said the samples and Red Cedar River floodplain models he collects from the Red Cedar Golf Course will be used to draw up plans for a series of rain gardens and collection ponds he wants to build to divert storm runoff from emptying into the river.

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REO Town plant touted as model for clean energy

A national energy program said the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s new REO Town power plant could serve as a nationwide model.

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“This is one of the cleanest and most efficient plants in the country so we had to come see it,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program, a part of the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, after touring the site. “We think this is a prototype of what could be happening in many other communities across the country.”

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Michigan Avenue corridor study to resume this week

Webbervilled hosted the second half of the Michigan Ave. corridor planning project.

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The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will hold the second of two planning efforts, called charrettes, starting this week to gather public input about how to update a 20-mile section of road that includes Michigan Avenue, Grand River Avenue and M-43.

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Owosso bus company plans to add 100 jobs

An Owosso-based bus company will add about 100 workers after securing a a $31.4 million contract.

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Midwest Bus Corp., which revamps transit buses so they can be put back into use, will rebuild 192 buses for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority under the two-year contract, President Dan Morrill said during a Monday announcement.

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

MacDonald Middle School will be getting an addition. 

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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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