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Construction Update 07-03-19

Park District

This week, the transfer slab on the fourth floor is being decked in preparation for concrete pours the following weeks. This will continue to be the main thrust of the work until the transfer slab is complete and work transitions to the placement of wall panels for the upper floors, later this summer.

On the hotel site, preparations are underway to bring the project vertical, with a special crane now inspected and operational on site.

Center City

On the Grand River side, the final finishes are underway on the interior. The finishing touches on the amenity levels are nearing completion. The Grand River sidewalk and streetscape amenities adjacent to the project are mostly complete as well. The resurfacing of M.A.C. Ave., from Grand River Ave. to Albert Ave. is planned to begin next week (see below). A partial alley closure will also be necessary on the east side, to make way for a temporary crane (see below).

On the Albert side, the sidewalks are mostly complete. The base for decorative pavers has been installed as well, with pavers and street lights expected to be installed beginning next week. Road grading, decorative cross walk installation, and the paving of Albert Ave. is planned to begin the week of July 15 (see below). Upstairs, more progress has taken place with utility rough-ins completed and drywall nearly complete, and on finishes such as flooring, cabinets, paint, and fixtures taking place on final floors. Balconies are expected to arrive late next week and begin being installed. Windows and facades for the retail exteriors and entrance to the North/South pedestrian link continue to be installed as well, as interior buildouts are underway for several tenants.

City staff is monitoring area roadways to ensure proper cleanup occurs, especially as weather changes can cause muddy conditions that need to be managed properly. The construction company also continues to examine the site to mitigate any impacts to the local community.

100/200 Block of E. Grand River Ave. Alley (East End) Closure

Beginning Wednesday, 07/10 through Friday 07/12, the east end of the 100-200 block of E. Grand River Alley, will be closed to through traffic as a crane will be located in the alley. The crane will be removing equipment from the roof of the Grand River building.

M.A.C. Ave. Street Project – Road Closure

Beginning Wednesday, 07/10 to Friday, 07/19, M.A.C. Ave., from Grand River Ave. to Albert Ave. will be closed to traffic for the 2019 Local Street resurfacing project. Eastbound Grand River Ave. traffic can access downtown East Lansing via Charles St. and westbound Grand River Ave. traffic can access downtown East Lansing via Abbot Rd. or Charles St. Pedestrian access to businesses along M.A.C. Ave. will be maintained at all times.

East Lansing Department of Public Works staff will be on site throughout the project. City staff will visit businesses affected by the alley closure and M.A.C. Ave. road closure to discuss access and other issues.

Albert Ave. Street Project – Road Closure

Beginning Monday, 07/15, Albert Ave., between M.A.C. Ave. and Abbot Rd. is scheduled to be closed to traffic as the contractor completes road work, the installation of cross walks, and tree plantings. It is anticipated that as portions of the work are completed, the road will shift from a full closure to a partial closure. City staff will visit businesses affected by the Albert Ave. closure to discuss access and other issues.

The Hub @ East Lansing

Finishing work, including paint, floors, and cabinets is underway on all floors. Next week, it is expected that the buck hoist will be removed as the elevators are nearly done and will be inspected soon. Appliances continue to be installed on the upper floors. Work continues on the hardscapes with sidewalks and planter boxes poured this week. Next week, some landscaping work will be completed outside as well. The brickwork on the southern elevation is nearly complete, as panels continue to be installed on the exterior. Work on the storefronts, including exterior glass, continues in preparation for new retail tenants.

Thank you for your patience during the construction downtown. Please remember to sign up for downtown East Lansing construction alerts by texting ELBUZZ to 38470. You can also visit to find the latest information about the construction in downtown East Lansing. As always, you can reach the City Construction Communication Team at or (517) 319-6930 with any questions.

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