UPDATE: Lansing City Council approves Red Cedar Development Project


A multi-million dollar development project jumps a final hurdle and is approved.

It’s been more than six years since the idea of the Red Cedar Development Project in Lansing was first proposed and now the City Council has finally given it the green light.

This development is in Lansing but on the border with East Lansing. Many people were concerned that the Red Cedar project put too much emphasis on student housing, but after numerous amendments, the council has now reached an agreement. 

The council gave it final approval tonight with a vote of 7 to 1, with Vice President Peter Spadafore being the only one who voted no. 

“We are getting off on this proposal with zero responsibility and I am thrilled,” said First Ward Council Member Jody Washington.

“I was one of the first early supporters of the project even when it was $38 million and I expressed some concerns then; I am over the moon that now the burden on the city of Lansing is zero,” said At-Large Council Member Patricia Spitzley.

The $250 million plan will sit along Michigan Avenue. It includes a mix of one and two bedroom units geared towards people of all ages, two hotels, a parking structure, a senior living facility, amphitheater, restaurants, and a public park. 

Executive project manager Christopher Stralkowski says this project will bring not only jobs, but opportunity to the city.

“It’s important to us to be able to do this the way that people have asked us to do, and we agreed to work towards that end,” said Stralkowski.

Even though the project was approved tonight, there is still concern over whether it would include too much student housing.

“I think we’re fighting land that we should not be fighting, we should be adapting it to a more productive use that fits its purpose better,” said a community member during public comment.

But an amendment received by the council today says at least 30 percent of the units will have two bedrooms and those won’t be marketed to students.

“Based upon the fact that we are next to Michigan State, I would make the case that students would be a part of any development that occurred on this site,” said Stralkowski. “The percentage of student housing versus the percent of market rate housing or multi family housing, I think we’ve struck a right balance.”

Other concerns about the project tonight include that it might cause potential flooding in the area, but developers argue that if anything, there will be less flooding in the area because of it.

Stay with 6 News as this story develops.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Red Cedar Development Project was approved today at the Lansing City Council Meeting with a vote of 7-1.

Peter Spadafore was the lone no vote on the $250 million project on the former Red Cedar Golf Course.

The development project along Michigan Avenue near the Lansing and East Lansing border has been in the works for more than six years now.

Developers say it’s going to have a mix of one and two bedroom units geared towards people of all ages, two hotels, an assisted living facility, restaurants, retail space, an amphitheater, and even a public park.

Many were concerned that the Red Cedar Project was going to put too much emphasis on student housing, but after multiple negotiations, the council reached an agreement tonight.

At least 30 percent of the units will contain two bedrooms and those will not be marketed to students.

Reporter Dana Whyte will have more tonight at 11:00 PM on WLNS-TV 6.

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