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Turning summer fun into summer green for Lansing area businesses

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – As the climate warms up, East Lansing and Lansing metropolis and enterprise officers are working to maintain their respective downtowns busy.

Music, garden video games and giveaways kicked off the return of Albert El Fresco Thursday night in Spartan nation. The closed portion of Albert Avenue in East Lansing has been part of the town’s playbook to attract in enterprise to downtown when many Michigan State University college students are again residence for the summer.

That’s a buyer base many eating places and shops on the avenue rely upon. But shutting down a part of Albert Avenue retains the area busy.

Albert Ave. in Downtown East Lansing becomes a summer playground. (WLNS)Albert Ave. in Downtown East Lansing becomes a summer playground. (WLNS)

Albert Ave. in Downtown East Lansing turns into a summer playground. (WLNS)

“We can have a place that brings people downtown, brings foot traffic to our businesses, and keeps this community as vibrant as we know it all is,” stated East Lansing group and financial improvement specialist Matt Apostle.

He says enterprise house owners have stated the plaza not solely helps with model consciousness and herald potential prospects.

“It also financially beneficial to them, increases the foot traffic and brings people to their doors.” Apostle says. “We have gotten great feedback from businesses on this updated layout.”

Nearly 5 miles away, Downtown Lansing is present process a change and transition says Cathleen Edgerly, the chief director for Downtown Lansing Inc.  While the town may not have its personal Albert El Fresco, Edgerly says new businesses and extra housing are creating long run progress.

“It definitely helped add to the economic vibrancy of the downtown district and help cultivate changing business model and changing open hours for downtown if you will,” she stated.

Edgerly says weekend occasions and venues like Grewal Hall will help that momentum.

While the town’s transit and main roads are an impediment for long run road closures, she says it’s not out of the realm of risk to seek out methods to “activate” streets like in East Lansing.

Edgerly says there’s so much to look ahead to in downtown’s future.

“We invite everyone to come downtown and to support all of your local neighborhoods across the city and the people and places that call it home.”

Edgerly says a calendar of occasions this spring kicks off later this month with the Best of Lansing occasion on May 18. Fun is anticipated to go into the autumn with Hispanic Heritage Festival.

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