Issuu on Google+ | 6/2/14 | @thesnews Prison or education: a tradeoff? Be a Tourist In Your Own Town Rising U.S. incarceration rates lead to lower college funding Event promotes exploration of Greater Lansing campus+city, pG. 3 Michigan State University’s independent voice Danyelle Morrow/The State News Recycling comes to E.L. campus+city, pG. 3 SPORTS+FEATURES, PAGE 6 Adding some spice c o n s t r u c tio n Work has yet to begin on CATA transit station after new delays By Derek Gartee The State News nn East Lansing’s train station on Trowbridge Road is due for an update this summer, but the site still remains quiet. The construction, slated to start in the summer of 2014, is currently halted while a construction vendor is chosen. The project will demolish the exiting buildings on Trowbridge Road and create a “multi-modal facility” which will range from 7,000 and 10,000 square feet in area. The Capital Area Transit Authority, or CATA, is in charge of the redevelopment for the project. The project was announced in July 2012 and originally planned to begin in August 2013. Photos By Corey Damocles/The State News Lansing residents Rachel Schineman, left, Kyle Hoffman, center, and Luis Segueda, right, serve guests Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. MSU Culinary services won third place is the meatless chili category. “Our participation projects the image of MSU culinary out into the general public,” Cummings said. “And it’s kind of an opportunity to give back to the community because the proceeds from this event go to help cleanup Grand River and But t h e p r oj e c t w a s delayed until the $6.28 million of grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation was received. A f ter t he money wa s r e c e i v e d , C ATA b e g a n ac c ept i ng bid s f or t he “demolition of four existing buildings located at the site, construction of a new multimodal facility, parking lot, covered waiting area, covered bus boarding areas and underground utilities,” according to their website. T he cost of the entire project was estimated to be between $5 million and $5.5 million, but the lowest bid by any company was from Grand Rapids’ Beckering Construction Inc., who said the project could be completed for $6.9 million. After original bids came i n a b o v e pl a n s , C ATA reopened the submission of bids for constr uction vendors. “Plans and specs were made available on April 21 through Commercial Blueprint. Bids are due May 21,” CATA’s Director of Marketing Laurie Robison said. “The construction budget will still stay at $5 million.” A lthough the deadline See CHILI on page 2 u See STATION on page 2 u Lansing resident Luis Segueda watches guests Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. MSU Culinary Services participates in the event annually. MSU chefs bring the heat at cook-off By Olivia Dimmer and Sierra Lay, The State News nn A trash bin is overfilled on Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off at the Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the event. Sous Chef Jim Cummings and his staff at South Pointe dining hall have been working for weeks to perfect their two chili recipes. MSU Culinary Services routinely participates in the Lansing Board of Water and Light Chili Cook-off Chili Cook-off, but this year’s event held a special meaning for Cummings: the proceeds were going to benefit, in part, cleanup efforts for the Red Cedar River. After original bids came in above plans, CATA reopened the submission of bids for construction vendors. Gateway project met with doubts By Sierra Lay THE STATE NEWS n n If a project currently under discussion by the East Lansing Planning Commission comes to light, it could mean the end of a local landmark. On Wednesday night, the commission discussed the site plan and special use permit of a project dubbed “The Gateway.” The project — issued by East Lansing Development, LLC, and two sites on either side of Parkview Condos, LLC — Delta Street, connected is a mixed-use buildby an arch over the ing six stories high, road at the second on 1.24 acres of floor. land located on The new sixthe north side story building of Grand Rivwill include er Avenue on a new Biggby Delta Street. Coffee, a fitness The project LAURA Goddeerris, center, a leasing calls for the EAST LANSING CITY COUNCIL MEMBER office and parkdemolition of ing on the ground the first-ever Bigfloor. The second gby Coffee location floor of the building will and would stretch over “ (It’s) a significant shadow on a building like Cruchy’s.” be entirely made up of parking, while floors three through six will be residential housing. Discussion of the project raised many concerns. The original Biggby Coffee would be demolished in preliminary project plans, but the historical properties of the building, founded in 1995 by MSU alumni Bob Fish and Mary Roszel, did not play a role in the discussions. DTN Management Company also attended the meeting and fielded many questions regard- ing the safety of pedestrians in the proposed area of the project. Some citizens made points about the need for more traffic and pedestrian crossing lights, because they claimed the building would create an influx of traffic by car and foot. Chief construction officer for DTN Management Co., Allen Russell, said the building was designed to draw attention to the downtown area of East Lansing. The dominant concern made apparent in the discussion was the size of the project. Residents who approached the podium repeatedly emphasized that the project is too large for the site. It will be the tallest building in the area, casting a large shadow on the surrounding homes and businesses. The building’s shadow was a point of concern for many citizens who spoke at the public hearing, as well as many of the commission members. See GATEWAY on page 2 u

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