This Morning: Update on East Lansing construction projects


The following was taken from the East Lansing Buzz website:

Center City District (Albert Ave)

This estimated $132 million development project includes two buildings that are located back-to-back – one faces Grand River Avenue and the other faces Albert Avenue. Together they offer a combined 364 residential rental units, multi-story parking and street-level retail space.

Specifically, the Center City development includes:

  • Grand River Building – a 12-story building on the north side of East Grand River Avenue

    • A small-format Target on the ground floor

    • 273 residential rental units on 11 floors

  • Albert Building – a 10-story building on the south side of Albert Avenue

    • Retail space at ground level that includes the City of East Lansing parking office

    • Four levels of parking for 620 vehicles

    • 92 active-living residential rental units on five floors for those 55 years and up

  • A contemporary, well-lit pedestrian walkway between the two buildings

  • A well-lit and appointed pedestrian passage through the Albert Building

Target’s 22,000 square feet of retail space in the Grand River Building will house one of the retailer’s new small-format stores designed for dense urban neighborhoods. The focus is on groceries, grab-and-go items as well as cosmetics and general merchandise, such as clothing and home décor.

As of (1/11):

On the Grand River building, roofing work is underway above the 12th floor, as windows and exterior skin continue their installation.  Throughout the interior, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and drywall continues to be installed, with inspections ongoing.  The Tenant Improvements for Target are progressing.

On the Albert building, the east side continues to go vertical as level 8 panels are up and pours have begun for level 9. On the west side, pours for the transfer slab on the 6th floor (between the parking deck and apartments above) will occur over the next few weeks, weather depending. 

Park District Project (Abbot Rd.)


According to the city of East Lansing:

The Park District Planning Area is a redevelopment-ready site located at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing. The area includes land that is publicly and privately owned. The privately owned property/land was acquired by WGR Finance LLC in 2016. WGR Finance LLC is working with DRW Holdings LLC/Convexity Properties to redevelop the area. 

In April 2017, East Lansing City Council approved the developer’s proposed project for the area; however, an agreement was not reached between the former developer of the City Center II project and the current developer regarding the Michigan Business Tax credit, so the project did not move forward at that time. Despite the initial proposed project not moving forward, the blighted buildings within the area were demolished in October 2017.

The developer has since re-worked the site plan and submitted a revised site plan in June 2018, which was approved by Council in August 2018. In September 2018, the development agreement and brownfield plan for the newly proposed project were approved by Council. The project includes a mixed-use building with apartments and retail and a separate hotel building on Grand River Avenue (100-140 W. Grand River Ave.) and a residential building planned for affordable rental apartments at 341-345 Evergreen Ave.

The developer obtained state approvals in November 2018 and has submitted foundation permits and site work drawings. Construction is targeted to begin in December 2018 (updated 11/27/18). 

EL Buzz writes, as of (1/11):

Mobilization and remedial site work is underway, with sidewalk closures now in place for the first phase of the project.

The initial closures include:

A sidewalk closure on the west side of Abbot Rd., from Albert Ave. to Grand River Ave.

A sidewalk closure on the north side of Grand River Ave., from Evergreen Ave. to Abbot Rd.

A sidewalk and road closure on Evergreen Ave., from Albert Ave. to Grand River Ave.

Pedestrian detours will be in place throughout the duration of these closures.

Community members should also keep in mind that there will be a road closure on Albert Ave., from Abbot Rd. to Evergreen Ave., beginning in summer 2019 for infrastructure improvements (including a much-needed realignment of the roadway).

The Hub at East Lansing (Grand River & Bogue)

This 10-story mixed-use development underway at the corner of Grand River and Bogue will include 347 market rate apartments, 12,220 square feet of retail and a parking structure with 158 parking spaces, will be constructed.

Click here for a link to the Hub’s project plans.

As of (1/11):

Level 9 floor pour 1, 2, and 3 will be completed Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week (01/14). The level 8 walls are 50% complete. Level 9 walls will begin the middle of next week. Interior and exterior walls at the podium levels continue (both stud and masonry walls). Windows continue to chase the walls up the building. Concrete placement will continue on a regular basis, utilizing closed roads or the alley directly adjacent to the project to minimize impacts to traffic/pedestrians. Deliveries will continue to increase, as Electrical, Mechanical, and Fire Suppression trades continue roughing in the garage, first floor, and mezzanine, and working their way up the building.

The contractor continues to monitor the site for safety and implement additional traffic control techniques as necessary based on delivery volumes. The southern alley is closed and parking has been relocated to East Café across the street.

Please remember to sign up for downtown East Lansing construction alerts by texting ELBUZZ to 38470. You can also visit to find the latest information about the construction in downtown East Lansing. As always, you can reach the City Construction Communication Team at or (517) 319-6930 with any questions.

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