An estimated $276 million redevelopment of Lansing's closed Red Cedar Golf Course includes housing for Michigan State University students and faculty members, along with young professionals. It also would incorporate shopping, dining, offices and a full-service Hyatt hotel, the namesake brand of Chicago's Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Red Cedar would include connections to MSU's residential Brody Complex on the east, a pathway that links to the Lansing River Trail and attempts to improve walkability and access to the Frandor Shopping Center across Michigan Avenue. At least one restaurant should have riverfront views.
Making Friends Through Natural Connections
Author: Hunter Kulka
Principle: Connection to Nature
The Red Cedar Development is planned to go on a piece of land that currently has a great connection to nature. When a building or new complex is being developed, it is easy to lose a connection to nature and forget about the benefits that nature can bring. Studies have shown that having a connection to nature can greatly improve people’s moods and overall happiness. Nature also has a way of connecting people to each other and bringing groups of people together.
It is important for this development to not lose the connection to nature. East Lansing/ Lansing don’t have a lot of areas that are well developed but still have a great and large connection to nature. The Red Cedar Development should include an art park that would allow people to walk around and see art while connecting to nature. With the location of the development being situated between East Lansing and Lansing it could bring together two larger communities and benefit both significantly. One example of a very successful art park is the Fredrick Meijer Gardens and sculpture park in Grand Rapids, people travel from all over the state to go see it. Having something like that in East Lansing would be a great benefit to the city.
Parking? What’s that?
Author: Hunter Kulka
Looking to the future is a very important thing to do when building a development like the Red Cedar Development. The world is constantly changing and as we move through time that change is growing exponentially. One of the industries that is going to have the largest change is the automotive industry. We are at the tipping point for the shift from human operated gas cars to autonomous electric cars. It is estimated that by 2030 private car ownership will drop by 80%, and that the number of cars on the road will drop from 247 million to 44 million. This large shift in the way people use and own automobiles presents the problem of having lots of wasted space from the parking lots that we have.
The Red Cedar Development should carefully look at this trend and come up with a plan to reduce the amount of wasted real estate that they have. Adaptability here is key and there are lots of ways in which you can prepare for this shift. One way to eliminate this wasted space is to turn it into an event area, having a place to hold concerts or a farmer’s market would be an excellent use of this space. Some companies plan on turning parking garages into apartments or retail space when this shift occurs. The new purpose of the parking areas has the ability to be a multitude of things, which allows us to be creative, but the important thing is that they are adaptable. Companies have always had to look towards the future when designing buildings, but it is more crucial now more than ever.