EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The Biggby Coffee located in East Lansing is the first Biggby, but it could be demolished and a whole new building put in its place.
After construction, DTN Management Company envisions 160 units and 5000 square feet of retail space.
The original Biggby, which originally opened as Beaner’s, won't be gone, but won't look the same. It will be incorporated into the new design.
“To tear it down and put apartments back in its place, something that's gonna drive housing costs up for students just doesn't make sense,” said Rex Scheffelly, MSU senior.
The old building will be torn down and made into a new Biggby, which includes a drive thru.
“The intent is to try and create a little bit more of a dense area here in the local East Lansing area, and help the economics and bring in more people by bringing more purchasing power in the area,” said Raji Uppal, principal, DTN Management Company.
However people living nearby aren't thrilled.
“It’s gonna be right over the park, obstructing my view of the park,” said Ethan Mendelson, resident on Grand River Ave.
East Lansing resident Kate Kithil says other empty buildings in the area already need to be filled.
DTN is working to accommodate various concerns, such as population density and visuals.
“We changed the density and we stepped down the building to try to make it a little nicer for the town homes, and we tried to self-park,” said Kithil.
The proposal is currently being reviewed by the city and if approved, the $20 million project is estimated to be completed by fall of 2015.