East Lansing

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On Tuesday, the East Lansing city council will consider a ballot proposal that could lead to a downtown land sale to the MSU Federal Credit Union.


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When it comes to local rivalries, most people think of Michigan State University vs. University of Michigan but two local fire departments are also engaging in a friendly rivalry. 

WKAR student reporter Alina Zhuravel explains how they competed on Friday.

 


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East Lansing has a new mayor.  The city council unanimously selected fellow member Ruth Beier for the city’s top post. 

 


Newcomers made the biggest gains on both the Lansing and East Lansing City Council's with Brandon Betz ousting incumbent Jody Washington. And, Lisa Babcock and Jessy Gregg knocking off Eric Altmann in East Lansing.
Amanda Pinckney, WKAR

Two incumbents were ousted from the Lansing and East Lansing City Councils in Tuesday’s election. The upsets were part of a trend of progressive and anti-establishment newcomers, unseating well-financed and widely recognized incumbents. WKAR’s Abigail Censky talked to Lansing State Journal Reporter Sarah Lehr about the results. Below are highlights of their conversation. 


Newcomers made the biggest gains on both the Lansing and East Lansing City Council's with Brandon Betz ousting incumbent Jody Washington. And, Lisa Babcock and Jessy Gregg knocking off Eric Altmann in East Lansing.
Amanda Pinckney, WKAR

East Lansing has a city income tax for the first time this year. It was passed by voters in 2018 after a previous iteration was defeated in a referendum several years before. Many of the candidates running for council this year support the income tax, but how much revenue the tax will net for the city remains largely unknown.


Holistic Health is a business that offers medical marijuana exams and renewals on Grand River in East Lansing. After Prop. 1 was passed in 2018 the city council and candidates are faced with deciding what role recreational marijuana will play in the city.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

After Proposition 1 was passed by Michigan voters in 2018, many cities and counties in the state are grappling with how they’ll open their communities to recreational marijuana. That includes college towns like Ann Arbor  and East Lansing, where marijuana has been decriminalized for years.  

Over the past two years there's been 20 large scale development projects in East Lansing. This year's East Lansing City Council candidates, have differnt philosophies on how the development should be conducted.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

There has been a surge in development in East Lansing over the last two years with 20 major projects that have dramatically changed the skyline of the city. The new structures, the majority of which being apartment complexes designed with students in mind, have brought with them more students.

The candidates running for this year’s city council election generally support the development. Candidates differ on how they want to go forward from the current breakneck pace. Where they differ is in how they want to move forward after such a rapid surge in development. 

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Water mains will be flushed starting today in East Lansing.


View from an apartment on Landmark's 12th floor
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

One of the apartment buildings that is changing the skyline of East Lansing opens in August 2019. WKAR News student reporter Alec Gerstenberger toured the 12 story Landmark on Grand River apartment units and created this photo gallery. Click here for a link to a story about the new apartments and cost concerns by WKAR News student reporter Alina Zhuravel.

View of the Landmark apartments from the leasing office on the first floor
Alec Gerstenberger/WKAR-MSU

After months of construction, residents are beginning to occupy the tall apartment buildings that have changed the skyline of East Lansing.  We recently toured of one of the complexes. 


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