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 info@butlercorridor.org, 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 info@butlercorridor.org
Media, volunteers and contributors: info@butlercorridor.org
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.

Coalition Issues Final Report on Neighborhood Forum

Forty
 neighbors,
 business
 owners
 and
 community 
members gathered 
together 
on
 Saturday, May
 11, 
2013
 at 
Lansing’s 
First 
Presbyterian
 Church 
to 
take 
the 
future 
of
 our 
neighborhood 
into our
 hands.
 We 
were 
many 
ages,
 many 
income 
levels 
and 
many 
colors, 
united 
in 
our desire 
to take 
the best of
 the 
historic 
North Butler 
Boulevard 
Corridor
 and 
push
 it
 into 
the 
next 
century.

Today we are delighted to release a copy of the Final Report on our May 2013 Neighborhood Forum. Download a copy to review our findings.

In July 2013, the BCC organized an ice cream social on the yet-to-be-developed property owned by MAB at the corner of Ionia and Butler. The purpose: to remind community members of the ending of the comment period for the draft form of this report.

In September 2013, the BCC plans a second Neighborhood Forum at the Zero Day property in the former Genesee Street Elementary School. Join us to plan our next steps, and to build community.

Join us for Cones on the Corridor!

You’re invited to join the Butler Corridor Coalition this Thursday, July 18th for our first-ever Cones on the Corridor event. Join us from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the corner of Ionia and Butler Streets for ice cream and good neighborly cheer!

The weather forecast says the temperature may be above 90 degrees. When it is that warm out,  what’s better than ice cream?

Special thanks to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) for allowing us to use the future site of the Great Lakes Media Center for this special gathering! Bring a spoon and a coffee mug (or a bowl), and we’ll provide the delicious ice cream! For more information, contact Gretchen Cochran at 517-281-5919.

Comment today on our Draft Report!

The Butler Corridor Coalition thanks everyone that attended the Coalition’s first Neighborhood Forum in May. We were delighted that over 40 neighbors, business owners, city council candidates, elected officials, and other citizens attended to share ideas and input.

Today we published a draft report of the history that brought us together, and the conversation that took place at the BCC Neighborhood Forum. We invite feedback and input on the content of this report.  To add any other ideas you have about the proposed development projects, or the neighborhood, please visit our report comment form.

We intend to accept comments, questions, and other feedback for 30 days. On July 18, 2013, we will collect all the feedback we’ve received, and publish a final report. The report will be distributed to neighbors, elected officials, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Zero Day, the City of Lansing, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, and other relevant entities. We hope the findings will positively shape proposed development projects, and the overall direction of our neighborhood.

If you have interest in joining the work group for this effort, contact us by email. If you want more information regarding our activities, continue to visit this website for resources and updates.

  • To view a PDF of the draft report, please click here.
  • To share your comments on the draft report, click here.