New housing draws attention from more than just students in East Lansing

Published: Sep. 28, 2019 at 6:10 PM EDT
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The City of East Lansing is becoming more than just a college town.

New businesses are popping up all over the city, including Target, Foster Coffee, Barrio Taco and Jolly Pumpkin. Development is planned for next year such as the Red Cedar redevelopment project.

New housing is drawing the attention of a seasoned group to an area that is known for college students.

The Newman Lofts, 200 Albert Ave., hosted a grand opening event 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28.

The Lofts offer both retail and 91 apartment units for people ages 55 and up.

Living in a college town without college responsibilities has drawn in potential leasers.

"We can enjoy everything without worrying about studying for exams. We can come back and be the students we wanted to be when we had to study for exams now we get to live and play and be a part of the university," Betty Nocera said.

"I'm in that demographic and I no longer wanted to have the upkeep of the big house, but I wanted something that was reflective of the life that I had led," Nocera said.

East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows said although some long-time residents are not fans of the new buildings and the foot traffic, the city is moving with the times.

"The best thing for retail is to have a ready made population immediately adjacent to it," Meadows said. "It's a changing retail market. It's one that technology has driven in a different direction than the traditional downtown and we have to realize that."

The Newman Lofts is a part of the Centre City Project in East Lansing.

There's also a new 600-car parking garage.

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