Brownfield extension

By Andy Balaskovitz

The Lansing City Council is expected to take up tax incentives, rezoning at tonight’s meeting

Monday, Nov. 22 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on extending a brownfield tax incentive plan for Demmer Properties in north Lansing.

Demmer is looking to extend its original brownfield plan that was passed in 1999 for 20 more years for a total duration of 30 years. The company is looking to build a ballistics testing facility and invest more in site cleanup at the former Motor Wheel plant at 1600 N. Larch St. and 736 McKinley St.

The roughly 38-acre site has manufactured wheel components for the military and passenger vehicles for more than 80 years. In 1999, Demmer invested more than $10 million in environmental cleanup and renovations. Along with a new ballistics facility, Demmer will invest $335,000 to $1.1 million more in ongoing site cleanup, which was advised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Demmer Properties is an affiliate of Demmer Corp.

In other scheduled business, the Council will vote to rezone a group of nine properties in the Eastside Neighborhood owned by local builder Dave Muylle.

Muylle has plans for cottage-style, condensed housing on roughly one acre just south of Michigan Avenue on Regent and Leslie streets. There are six existing homes and Muylle wants to add seven more, a community space and parking. The lots would be combined and rezoned from “B” residential to “DM-1,” which allows for greater density.

In more zoning business, At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries is scheduled to introduce an ordinance that clarifies the city’s wireless communication tower policy and setting a Dec. 6 public hearing date to discuss it.

The main update to the language requires that applications to build new wireless towers include “evidence of a lease or an option to lease agreement” with a telecommunications provider.