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City of Lansing Corridor Improvement

Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project (2021)

Authors: Khalil Davis, Jason Derry, Jim Guan, Aidan Talliaferro, and Meng Wang


Provide an illustrative plan and a build-out analysis of a .25 mile area around the key city intersections of the Cedar St., Larch St., Oakland Ave., and Saginaw St., (CLOS) corridors. This area is marked by underutilized land uses and vacant land, but set to transform with the regulations of the draft Form-Based Zoning Code. The future land use, economic development, transportation, and placemaking components of the Design Lansing Comprehensive Plan  

( recommend an urban “cores and connectors” strategy for development along these corridors, with mixed-use, multi-story buildings located close to the street, that are pedestrian-friendly, transit-ready and feature better urban design. This new development pattern would create a new context for improvements in transportation design and parking management, and position this concentration of corridor intersections to become well connected to Downtown, Old Town, and the River Trail, with a pleasing walkable and bikeable environment, reduced dangerous transit conflicts, and greater use. 

Expected Outcomes: Including but not limited to: greater communication with area property owners, stakeholders, and residents. Exploration of (re)development in the floodplain. Goals and objectives for increased pedestrian/non-motorized transportation options and safety. Vision for greater connectivity to Downtown, Old Town, and the River Trail. Options for turning vacant land into productive uses. Marketability of specific sites. Exploration of changes to Michigan State trunk lines. 

Author Information

Students in the capstone Planning Practicum class in their final semester in the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the School of Planning Design and Construction at Michigan State University.

Faculty Member: Zenia Kotval