This weekend! Help us dig to plant trees!

We need your help! Thank you for supporting the Butler Corridor Coalition’s Tree Planting project (more info here). The City called and wants to plant trees next week. That means we need to dig 50 holes for trees – BEFORE MONDAY!

So, are you ready to dig?!

We will hold a quick training and digging session this FRIDAY, May 1st at 3pm. Immediately thereafter we will start digging holes, and will wrap up around 6pm. Meet in front of our first hole at 219 Butler Street.

We will also hold a digging session on Saturday, May 2nd from 11am to 2pm.

Please note we have 47 holes to dig! Each hole takes two people about 30 minutes. That is 47 HOURS of digging! Please consider giving us a few hours of time (and bring a friend).

If you can join us, please email Rory Neuner ( with your preferred time(s) and whether or not you have a shovel and gloves to bring (we will have extras, so don’t be shy if you need them). We will confirm / remind you!

All volunteers will be honored later in May at our celebration party (exact date TBD).

Thanks everyone! We hope you can join us to make the Butler Corridor area greener and more attractive!

Help us plant 50 trees this spring!

You spoke, we listened! Many of you participated in our community input sessions last summer when we partnered with an urban planning firm to create renderings of your neighborhood vision. One of the most popular short-term improvement ideas that emerged from the renderings was to plant more street trees.

We took this idea to the City of Lansing, and they agreed to let us participate in a special pilot tree planting program. They’ve surveyed the area between Saginaw, Pine, Ottawa, and MLK and found 50 places where trees can be planted (hint: look for the red dots on the curb).

Now we need your help! Spring is coming and we will be planting these trees in April. To purchase trees and supplies, we’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign with Patronicity. We need to raise $1000 by early March. Once we’re done planting in May, we will celebrate our 50 new trees with an event, complete with food and fun, like we always do! Donate today!

Building a Better Butler Boulevard: Community Forum

Join the Butler Corridor Coalition (BCC) for an opportunity to prioritize proposed improvements to Butler Boulevard on Lansing’s near westside. This community forum builds upon previous BCC events, including: Walk, Talk + Chalk Event (May 2014) and Meet Me at the Corner (August 2014). Residents, business owners, developers, and policy makers will join together to hear the latest news on proposed development projects and to have a conversation about the future of the neighborhood. Come and help us prioritize the improvements that will soon change the face of Butler Boulevard.

WHAT: Building a Better Butler Boulevard, a Community Forum
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 21st, 2014, 2:00 to 5:00pm
WHERE: Lansing Community College Arts and Sciences Building, 419 N Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan 48901

Please RSVP via this link, or by calling 517-999-0430. Light appetizers will be served at the event, donated by Lansing Community College.

The Butler Corridor Coalition is a project of Lansing’s Westside Commercial Association. This project is generously funded by the Community Reinvestment Fund, and the event is sponsored by Lansing Community College and Zero Day.

Join us for “Meet me at the Corner” on August 6th

Join us on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm for the next Butler Corridor Coalition event: Meet me at the Corner! Help us continue our work to re-imagine Butler Boulevard. We’re excited to share renderings of our vision for how to create a safe, welcoming, sustainable and healthy Butler Corridor. We’ll have hot dogs and refreshments to share! Join us!

WHAT: Meet Me at the Corner: Reimagining Butler Boulevard

WHEN: Wednesday, August 6, 2014. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: At the corner of Genesee and Butler Streets on the property of Zero Day, 835. W. Genesee St. Lansing, MI 48915

WHO: The Butler Corridor Coalition; Tim Hunnicutt, Executive Director, Zero Day, Inc; Virg Bernero, Mayor, City of Lansing

Meet Me at the Corner is a public event to showcase neighborhood, municipal and commercial partnerships that are redeveloping Butler Boulevard.

Activities to include:

Architectural drawings of a New Butler Boulevard, thanks to Landscape Architects and Planners, Inc; Presentation of Zero Day, Inc. a local non-profit, and hot dogs and refreshments, thanks to the Lansing Police Department’s Hot Dog Diplomacy.

micro roundabout concept shiawassee

May 6: Walk, Talk + Chalk Event on the Corridor

Butler Corridor Walk Talk + ChalkThe Butler Corridor Coalition invites you to join us on May 6th for our Walk, Talk + Chalk Event!

WHEN: Thursday, May 6th, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

WHERE: Gather at Shanora’s, 829 W. Saginaw Street (parking along the street and in Shanora’s lot, or you can walk there!)
WHY: Walk with us and share your vision for the future of Butler Boulevard.

WHAT: We will walk south along Butler from Shanora’s and stop at four stations to discuss neighborhood improvements. We will then wrap up our conversation with a dinner from Fork in the Road at the Lansing Women’s Center.

Need childcare? Let us know by May 5th at 7pm by sending us an email. Childcare provided by K’s Precious Care, 824 W. Shiawassee.

RSVP to, or call 517-515-3535.

Click here to view a full meeting agenda.

RSVP for the 3rd Butler Corridor Forum

Friends and neighbors!

The next step in the Butler Corridor process will take place at 5:30pm this Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 301 North Butler Boulevard, the location of the Lansing Association of Women’s Clubs.

The first few steps began last summer 2012, when BCFI had to leave the Genesee School and the neighborhood learned that Michigan Association of Broadcasters had bought the property at the intersection of Ottawa, Butler, Ionia, and Sycamore.

Now the school is being renovated by Zero Day, and there are reasons to celebrate!

An event flyer is attached. The most basic information is above, but we need an RSVP, PLEASE! We only have space for 30 and you are receiving this because you came to one of the first 2 forums…and we are ready to start doing more!

We will have a simple soup, salad and dessert for dinner, so please plan to eat!

Below is a little more of the information from the flyer:

Seating is limited to the first 30. RSVP by emailing
Media, volunteers and contributors:
Childcare at Kindra’s Precious Daycare, 824 W. Shiawassee, Lansing, MI
One Block South of the Former BCFI building. One Block North of the Meeting Location.