Red Cedar project faces support, criticism from community

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>>>This story has been edited to reflect that there will be 1100 beds specified for student housing.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A multi-million dollar development project is in the spotlight tonight with both support and criticism from the community.

The Red Cedar development project has been in the works for more than six years now, but an agreement on what it’s supposed to look like still has not been approved.

Those at Lansing’s City Council meeting tonight shared what they think about the latest plans.

The $242 million project is planned to sit along Michigan Avenue near the Lansing and East Lansing border. 

Developers say it’s going to have hundreds of family units, two hotels, an assisted living facility, restaurants, retail space, an amphitheater, and even a public park.

But some people at the City Council meeting tonight still aren’t sure about the plans. 

After several changes to the proposal, the most recent plan eliminates a requirement for active senior housing and calls for at least 1,100 beds specifically labeled as student housing.

Critics of the new agreement say there’s already enough student housing in the area and the plan was supposed to focus on housing families.

But those for it say it’ll bring much needed revenue and business to the capital city. 

Here’s what a few people had to say at tonight’s meeting:

“Red Cedar I think is insanity. We have plenty of other jumped over properties left by big corporations in the greater Lansing area, that’s premium real estate in my opinion.”
 
“The project is no longer revolutionary because it was beat by so many other developments in Lansing, in East Lansing.”
 
“If we turn it down, there’s not exactly people clamoring at the door to develop this property for us; it’s very expensive to develop. If we turn down this project after six and a half, seven years of negotiation, we’re going to end up getting zonked and I don’t think that’s something the city wants to see.”
 
“If the space is able to provide jobs, living, and entertainment, I see only positives.”

Tonight’s meeting was scheduled to hear public comment. The council will discuss what was said, as well as the plans for the project in the near future.

Stay with 6 News as this story develops.

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