Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Board, council discuss TIF, construction

April 12, 2007

The Lansing School Board and Lansing City Council met jointly Monday to discuss two major development projects that will impact the city within the next year: the proposed Lansing Towne Center tax-increment financing district and the new Lansing Elementary School.

School board President Shelly Gowdy said she had never seen another community's school board and city council collaborate before and suggested it continue in the future.

"It's an incredibly exciting time to be in this community," she said.

Mayor Kenneth Bernard briefed the board on the TIF district's progress. Bernard said before the council approves the TIF district development, it needed to see a feasibility study and development plan.

The move to the new elementary school isn't expected until next spring though construction is progressing quickly, said Dale Bohannan, director of maintenance and grounds.

Gowdy said, "We're anxious and Lansing families are anxious, but it comes down to making sure everything's right."

Bohannan said school construction was moving quickly. The new Lansing High School's auditorium should be complete mid-January, he said.

For the elementary school, he said 75 percent of the walls are up and sanitary and storage sewers are in, as are the water lines. The steel frames for a full standing-seam metal roof and insulation are on-site, which will help construction continue moving along.

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