East Lansing Takes Monumental Step Forward With Center City District Project

East Lansing City Council Votes to Move Center City District Development Forward

EAST LANSING, Mich.  In a pivotal move to transform downtown East Lansing for generations to come, the East Lansing City Council voted to move forward with the Center City District development Tuesday evening, approving the brownfield plan, development agreement, and site plan.

The proposed Center City District, will redevelop the Albert Avenue Parking Lot and the 100-200 block along East Grand River Avenue, positioning the area as a pedestrian-focused active living district. The project includes the creation of new and diverse housing options, parking, and retail space. Most notably, the development will be home to one of only 35 urban Target stores in the nation, bringing with it an urban grocery option.

“Following this Tuesday evening’s vote, I want to congratulate everyone who has put effort into shaping this project. The Center City District project is a great example of innovative sustainable economic development—a future-focused endeavor to be enjoyed by generations into the future,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “Everyone involved in the project has worked very hard over the past months to craft an exemplary win-win agreement. This persistence and dedication paid off last night. In particular, I’d like to thank the Ballein Family, Mark Bell and the Harbor Bay team, Mayor Mark Meadows, the East Lansing City Council, the entire City of East Lansing team, Brian Lefler (with Baird), Christman Company, M3, and most of all LEAP’s COO, Steve Willobee who worked diligently for many months bringing partners together for negotiation.”

The project will continue to move forward pending input from the East Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).


About LEAP

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.