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Halo Burger to open new locations in Burton, East Lansing, six other cities in 2013

The fast food chain Halo Burger will be bringing several new locations to Michigan, including East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the artice:

In addition to the Burton location, Polly Dortch-Conlan, director of marketing for Dortch Enterprises, said that the company will open an additional seven locations before the end of 2013 in Troy, Bingham Farms, Novi, Clarkston and Farmington Hills – all in Oakland County – and locations in East Lansing and Brighton.

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Selection process for redevelopment of city-owned properties in East Lansing set to begin

The process of selecting a proposal East Lansing's city-owned property downtown is now underway by a review committee. 

According to excerpts from the article:

The parcels, located west of Abbott Road and south of Valley Court in East Lansing, total about 2.8 acres and include six buildings owned by the city’s Downtown Development Authority and two municipal parking lots.
 
The city received seven proposals for the city-owned properties that were slated to be redeveloped as part of the failed City Center II public-private partnership with Strathmore Development Co.

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J.W. Knapp's downtown Lansing redevelopment taking shape

Work in the historic Knapp's building in Downtown Lansing is currently underway.

According to excerpts from the article: 

By the end of the year, Meridian Township-based Eyde Co. hopes to complete its $36 million renovation of the downtown Lansing landmark, which is being converted into the Knapp’s Centre complex of offices, retail, apartments and a fashion-based small-business incubator. Construction began in early December and is beginning to take shape.

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GM hires new workers for Delta plant

Approximate 45 workers will be hired at General Motors' Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, replacing employees who transferred to other plants.

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About 25 employees already are at work, with another 20 expected in the next few weeks, said Erin Davis, a Lansing-based GM spokeswoman. They will build the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers at the Delta Township factory. Hiring is completed.

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Okemos to get new teen retailer, Penn Station restaurant

Okemos will soon be the home of a new restaurant and retailer.

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Five Below Inc., a Philadelphia-based chain that sells accessories and other merchandise for $5 or less aimed at older kids and teens, will open a store April 12 next to a Marshalls apparel store in the Meridian Towne Centre on Marsh Road.

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Lansing airport lands new cargo shipping company

A major cargo company will soon to open an office at the Capital Region International Airport.

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EMO Trans Customized Global Logistics, which bases its U.S. operations in Freeport, N.Y., is expected to move into the DeWitt Township airport’s new, 48,000-square-foot air cargo terminal by March 1, the airport said in a statement.

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Construction to start on Dart's $47M expansion

Dart Corporation is moving forward on its Alaiedon Township expansion.

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Tractors are moving earth and preparing for Dart's planned $47- million expansion will include a new 389,000-square-foot tri-level warehouse and a 189,000-square-foot new world headquarters office building, according to plans submitted to the township.

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Homes planned at College Fields golf course in Okemos

An Okemos housing development is now planned for the College Fields golf course.

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East Lansing’s Mayberry Homes plans to build the 73-unit Parkside at College Fields development, which would include homes priced between $275,000 and $400,000 aimed at families with children, said Will Randle, Mayberry’s community development manager.

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Lansing-area builders optimistic as new homes market shows steady recovery

The Home Builders Association of Michigan is predicting a significantly stronger year for homebuilding in 2013.

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In Michigan, the state’s homebuilding trade association is projecting nearly 14,000 new homes will be built this year, up 33 percent from a year ago. A steady increase has been the trend for the past five years — 2013 projections are 123 percent more than the 6,236 homes built in 2009.

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Two businesses pledge proceeds to Okemos library renovation

Efforts to renovate the Okemos Library will receive a boost from Culver’s of Okemos and Asian Buffet in Okemos.

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The restaurants will give 10 percent of their proceeds on specified days, according to township officials.
 
On Feb. 24 and March 24, Culver’s of Okemos will offer their support, and Asian Buffet in Okemos will join in Feb. 25-28. The proceeds will go towards the renovations of the Okemos Library.

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Lansing Meijer store to be rebuilt

Upcoming improvements to the Meijer store in South Lansing will be a part of a $160 million investment by the Michigan retailer.

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The Walker-based chain’s Lansing store, at 6200 S. Pennsylvania Ave., will be rebuilt over a period of 14 months, Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi said. Construction could start within weeks.
 
The 192,000-square-foot store will gain a drive-up pharmacy, a relocated garden center and a redesigned electronics department, among other upgrades, Meijer said.

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East Lansing schools seek $5.3M for technology

East Lansing Schools is proposing a milage for a $5.3 million, 5-year to fund upgrades to security and communications systems.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
If approved the levy would add 1.25 mills, or $125 annually, to the tax bill of a home with a taxable value of $100,000.
 
But school officials point out that in the fourth and fifth years of the new millage, if it passes, the overall property tax bill from the school district actually will decline.

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New apartment complex, HopCat bar discussed by planning commission

Issues before the East Lansing Planning Commission last week included use issues as a new apartment complex and the proposed HopCat bar on the first floor of The Residences.

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The proposed building would be four stories tall and feature 21 four-bedroom apartments, with the first floor used for both commercial space and for parking.
 
Community Development Analyst Tim Schmitt said the project, “should be an economic positive to the city because it is increasing taxable value to the property.”

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Lansing vying for MSHDA's Michigan Main Street Program

Downtown Lansing Inc., the organization behind the downtown Lansing Principle Shopping District, presented before  MSHDA's Michigan Main Street Selection Committee this month in the hopes of being designated a Select Member of Michigan Main Street program.

According to excerpts from the article: 

Downtown Lansing Inc. made the presentation at the MSHDA Building Wednesday afternoon, with representatives from the DLI Board, CATA, local businesses, and even appearances from Mayor Virg Bernero, Big Lug, and Sparty.

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East Lansing receives seven proposals to redevelop City Center II site

The City of East Lansing has received seven proposals to redevelop the City Center II development project in Downtown East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
City administrators last fall sought proposals to develop a roughly 2.8 acre section near the intersection of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue after the $105 million City Center II project from East Lansing developer Scott Chappelle dissolved last summer amid financing concerns.

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