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Old Posted Jun 19, 2017, 4:30 PM
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Are the buildings that front Grand River going to be demolished? If so, that is INSANE.
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Yes, some buildings will be taken out for this. Fortunately - at least in my opinion - most of them are not particularly architecturally interesting. You can see it in the rendering. Here's what's being taken out:



The lighter-shade buildings to the left I'll miss, but the brown brick ones aren't that significant and have been redone so much whatever little architectural significance they have hasn't been present in years.
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Old Posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:24 AM
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Construction updates:

SkyVue at Frandor in Lansing is nearly complete. Here is a photo from the 12th:


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The Venue is coming along. This photo is actually from May, and since then the facade has started going up. This is also the alley-end.


The Gillespie Company

The Vista at the Heights at Eastwood Towne Center has been complete for a year, but hasn't been shown here.


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Over in East Lansing 1855 Place on the site of the former State Police Headquarters across from the Breslin Center is nearing completion. The project is a mixed-use project by Michigan State University and includes office space for MSU's Division of Residential and Hospitality Services and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, 189 student housing units for students with families and another 244 units for single students, and 880-space parking garage + 1,200 surface spaces, consolidation of event ticket sales offices, and retail space. All of this is scheduled to wrap up in October.


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Earlier in May:


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As for proposals, a 10-story apartment building proposed for Grand River and Bogue in East Lansing called The Hub is in the early stages of development.



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Old Posted Jun 23, 2017, 12:45 PM
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Thanks for the updates. I like to keep up with what is happening in Lansing but don't have much time to track things here. The names of these kinds of developments always crack me up. Developers are about the least creative people when it comes to naming things these days. I can probably think of ten other SkyVues, and fifty other 'Hubs'. Just call it 'The ___ at ____' and you've struck gold.
  1. I've only seen SkyVue from the highway, and I find it to be pretty underwhelming. The façade is quite bland.

  2. I appreciate that The Venue at least maintains the street wall, has some decent density for the area, and will have ground floor retail.

  3. The Vista at the Heights is an oddity to me. I have never been there though, and don't know if it's supposed to be part of a larger, lifestyle center type development. Are the ground level retail spaces actually being leased? It seems so disconnected from everything, apart from the parking deck and the Hyatt. Rent for a studio space starts at $1,010, and a 3-bedroom unit is $1,925 -to $3,020??

  4. If I'm reading the renderings correctly, the proposed 'Hub' at Grand River and Bogue project would be located on the SW corner of that intersection, where the 7/11 and Georgio's Pizza are right now:


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Old Posted Jun 23, 2017, 1:36 PM
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Eastwood is a weird, messy jumble of uses which probably should have never been built, but it seems to finally be working or at least finding an identity. In fact, there was a story yesterday partially about the area, which has become a major hotel center in the region:

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LANSING TWP. – The seven-story frame of the Hilton Homewood Suites towers over the Walmart next door. Facade work is well underway.

When the 139-room hotel opens this fall, it will be the third built in the Heights at Eastwood in the course of three years.

And there are two more on the way.

Work will start on a six-story Holiday Inn later this summer directly behind the Hyatt Place, which opened across from NG Cinemas in 2015.

A fifth hotel, which has yet to be announced, is planned between the Hyatt and Hilton.
Yeah, the mini-housing boom has made for some crazy rents in the region. Rents down at Stadium District across from Oldsmobile Park are over $1,100 a month. The Outfield in the stadium ranges from $950 to $1,400. Marketplace across from the stadium starts out at around $1,400 for two bedrooms. Prudden Wheels just outside downtown starts at $995 for a 1-bedroom. Knapp's Centre on Washington Square starts out at $1,400 for a 2-bedroom.

Generally, new construction stuff has been starting out at around $1,000 a month for a 1-bedroom, and most of the properties have wait lists.
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Marketplace Phase II in the Stadium District from July 14th:


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MichiGrain Distillery in the Stadium District across from the Lansing Brewing Co. brewery. This like LBC is a reuse.


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SkyVue looks very close to opening. They moved into their office, yesterday:


SkyVue

The historic Boji Tower completed renovation of its historic clock this month. The old, rusted neon tubes were replaced with aluminum plates ringed by LED lights. It's already looking more vivid. Grand Rapids-based Lumichron Tower Clock Co. completed the renovation.



From the Lansing City Pulse:

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This summer’s renovation cost $90,000 — 60 times the clock’s original $1,500 price tag when work began on the face, in December 1934.

At 25 feet across, the Boji clock is the eighth largest in the United States and about as big as they come in the world, Lumichron CEO Ian Macartney said. (The clock face at Big Ben in London is only 23 feet across.)
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The wedge-shaped, 16-inch-wide indexes marking the hours herald the Art Deco look that replaced old-fashioned Roman numerals in the 1930s.

Corrosion, rust and brutal weather started attacking the old steel hands as soon as the clock lit up for the first time on Jan. 15, 1935, when the Boji Tower was known as the Olds Tower.

The hands were first removed, repaired and returned to the clock in March 1935, only a few weeks later.

In February 1949, ice jammed the mechanism and the hands came down again. The company that made the original parts, National Time, was already out of business and the owners had to scramble for repairs.

But the new parts had defective brushes that conked out between 6:30 and 9:30, so the hands came off yet again.

A grumbling Olds Tower building manager considered replacing the neon with spotlights and reflective tape, but by then the clock was already an untouchable civic icon.
Next big projects to start construction? The two, 10-story Flats at Prudden Wheel just northeast of the Stadium District, and 12-story City Center and 13-Story 100 Grand/Park District in East Lansing. The 200 Flats at Prudden Wheel will join Motor Wheels Lofts and Prudden Place, a mixture of renovation and new construction:


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I haven't read anything about this, and can't find anything in the news. Any more info?
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Are you talking about Flats at Prudden Wheel? There has been no public announcement, but it's all in the city council and planning commission records from this year. It's 200 units, and they are pre-leasing them (http://www.rent.com/michigan/lansing...el-4-100064956).

Anyway, the Lansing State Journal's Roger Killips did a small photo tour from SkyVue, and it has some awesome views as one would assume.















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Wow, that SkyVue is huge. How many apartments are in that place?
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359. A big part of why it's so big is that it leans heavily toward student apartments, which is something the city council felt duped about after they approved it and the developer began heavily marketing it towards students.
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Yeah, that's what I was referring to. Seems so odd that such a large development would not have some sort of announcement or boosterism. So not Lansing's style.
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Is that building popping up in the left foreground of downtown the Eastown project that replaced the buildings where Emil's was?
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Yeah, that's what I was referring to. Seems so odd that such a large development would not have some sort of announcement or boosterism. So not Lansing's style.
A rule of thumb is that if the project is done by Pat Gillespie or the Bojis, you're going to hear about it. They are kings of self-promotion. If it's by Pat Gillespie's younger brother or H Inc. (who did Motor Wheels and is doing the Flats at Prudden Wheel), promotion is going to be way more low-key, probably mostly word-of-mouth.

Still, you're right, a project of this size to be pre-leasing before they've even formally proposed it is bizarre and unusual for Lansing. I'm still trying to figure out when they are going to formally submit a plan to the planning board and city council? So far, they have requested (and were granted) a special land use (SPU) permit, which will allow them to construct the project in a heavy industrial zoneage. Why they simply haven't requested a rezoning I have no idea, but this (SPU permits) seems to happen a lot in Lansing.

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Is that building popping up in the left foreground of downtown the Eastown project that replaced the buildings where Emil's was?
Yes, the project has been renamed he Venue at East Town. Some more about it form January:

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The Venue will be home to Rajje’s Taphouse, a new pan-European eclectic restaurant that will focus on inventive dishes and creative cocktails, and Strange Matter Coffee Co., a pour-over café that started across the street in 2014. Strange Matter will more than double in size when it moves into the Venue this fall.
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Site prep work on 100 Grand/Park District at the northwest corner of Grand River and Abbot is finally scheduled for September 1, and includes demolition of the long-vacant bank building. The project also went through its final tweaks over the past few months.

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Graduate by NewCityOne, on Flickr

Looking northeast along Grand River


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Looking northwest along Grand River


Graduate3 by NewCityOne, on Flickr

It'll now include a 150-room Graduate Hotel in its eastern wing, 198 apartments in the center and western wing, parking of floors 2 and 3, ballroom and outdoor terrace for hotel (and private terraces for apartments on apartment wing) floor 4, with ground floor retail and hotel and residential lobbies and rooftop terrace for the apartments on floor 13. Hotel lobby is off Abbot, apartment lobby is off Evergreen. There is also a second 6-story apartment building on Evergreen with a rooftop terrace.

Because of East Lansing's strict height limits - stricted than Ann Arbor's - at 150'-0" (which includes the screening off the mechanical penthouse on the hotel wing), this will become the city's tallest off-campus building. Only the office/suites on Spartan Stadium will be taller.
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Hubbard Hall has to be close if you count mechanical.
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Emailed them about that to be sure of this. They said it's 140 feet with mechanical. But yeah, it's pretty close, and a lot of buildings are going to run into the height limit, now, which is basically what has happened in Ann Arbor (180-foot height limit). Technically, this one is 140 feet because the city doesn't count mechanical as part of the limit. But I believe even mechanical stuff has a limit of 15 feet on top of the 140-foot habitable limit.

Not sure if MSU has a height limit of its down.
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Emailed them about that to be sure of this. They said it's 140 feet with mechanical. But yeah, it's pretty close, and a lot of buildings are going to run into the height limit, now, which is basically what has happened in Ann Arbor (180-foot height limit). Technically, this one is 140 feet because the city doesn't count mechanical as part of the limit. But I believe even mechanical stuff has a limit of 15 feet on top of the 140-foot habitable limit.

Not sure if MSU has a height limit of its down.
Thanks for the info.

I found these Standards for Construction on MSU's Planning & Facilities Website. The PDF guidelines are rather extensive, but I did a quick search and found nothing on maximum allowable building height specific to the University.
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Is the reasoning for the height limit to "maintain the character" of E.L.? If so, I have to image this will have the opposite effect of what they intend, i.e. more buildings creeping into neighborhoods in lieu of fewer taller buildings.
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Yep. One thing East Lansing has never been able to kick is the idea of itself as a "small town." The NIMBY attitude is why you've seen East Lansing sprawl up north creating the Northern Tier, the area the city annexed in the 00's. Only fairly recently as people began begging for city living are developers racing trying to force the issue downtown.

So far what's happening is that downtown is mostly extending east down Grand River, but also a bit west up Grand River. And, after shutting down the redevelopment of Cedar Village (south of Grand River, east of Bogue) back in 2006, they are now close to allowing taller stuff there to reduce pressure on downtown.
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SkyVue officially opened yesterday. From the City of Lansing's facebook page:











Next up for completion is The Venue down the road. From their facebook page on August 6th:

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