During a special work session this week, commissioners looked over new plans for the site and offered their thoughts.
“We need to make sure it's what the city is looking for and the developer can be successful,” Commission Chairman Cecil Bradshaw said.
Prior to being sold to developers in 2005, the 23-acre site was home of blighted property and contaminated land. The site stretches south from the Grand River to Jackson Street, and west from U.S. 31 to the river-crossing railroad tracks.
The property was purchased from receivership in 2012 by East Lansing-based Redstar Shores LLC for about $3 million.
Based on Redstar Shores' amended plan for the development, they would:
— complete the sale or lease of the already built condominium and retail units,
— build a three- to four-story hotel,
— construct several restaurants,
— construct about 264 residential units,
— complete a section of boardwalk along the south channel of the Grand River.
The Planning Commission has to approve a revised plan before the developers can proceed with the next phase.
Commissioners were critical of certain aspects of the new plan — from the density of the project to the lack of public space. The developers have proposed a gazebo and a continuation of the boardwalk along the water, but some commissioners said more is needed.
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