The Hub on Grand River

Thehub

The Hub is a new mixed-housing apartment being constructed on the corner of Bogue St and Grand River Ave set to be completed in the Summer 2019. Being developed by Core Spaces LLC, an organization with proven success in creating student-focused housing on large college campuses, approval was granted from the East Lansing City Council in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The ten story building will provide up to 585 residents with state-of-the-art housing close to campus while boasting amenities such as a rooftop outdoor lounge, a basketball court and a fully equipped pool & spa. The new building will also feature a 7-Eleven convenience store and Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza on the ground level, both of which previously resided where The Hub is being built. A main concern for The Hub voiced by critics is the limited parking being accounted for, however, they contest this with the convenient and close proximity to campus to make up for it.

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Improvement Ideas

  

    Repurposed Alley   

  

    Author:     Jose Gavina   

    

    Principle:     Community Involvement   

  

    Description:     

Re-purposing the alley behind the building for temporary events that change every week or so would be something that would bring a lot of the residents of the building together. First, they would need to clean the area up to not make it seem like just an alley. The planting of trees and other greenery would help the area look just as beautiful when there are no temporary events going on. The revamped space would help draw a larger amount of people because they could use that space for an endless amount of community events. One example would be having art displays that community members themselves bring in for other members of the community to view. Having a space for temporary events such as that is beneficial for a few different reasons. For one, it could bring in people from the nearby area, making them more welcome to yet another big apartment building in East Lansing. It would also help bring together a lot of different people together as a community. You would be able to get to know people you otherwise not might have interacted with.

Lastly, alleys tend to be eyesores, so changing it into a space that people will actually use will make the area look more beautiful. Just that aspect alone makes this a feasible idea. Getting rid of eyesores in the landscape is something that everyone in a community is supportive of. When it comes to implementing this idea, there should be a committee put in place in the building that will make decisions on what events will be held. Finding volunteers to help with that could be a good event to put together as well. Having it done by the time the building is constructed would be great because they could show off the new space and capitalize on how the small space has a lot of potential. As a final note, for the actual planning of events, sending polls via email out to residents will ensure that they do events that people will go to. Having an area like this will really bring a lot of different people in the community together.

  

Repurposed alley

  

    Local Market   

  

    Author:     Julia Lee   

    

    Principle:     Economic Impact of Small Business   

  

    Description:     

The idea of a local market implemented into the Hub will have a huge impact for the apartment complex. Skimming over the amenities, the Hub seems to focus more on fitness and health. Since there is a Grill/BBQ area and a 24/7 Coffee Area planned to built in the building, adding a market will give the residents easy access to get fresh produce for obtaining or gaining their healthy eating habits.

One of the Hub's core branches from its "Driven-Living Amenities" is a "Top-Line Fitness Center." A local market will build power. Containing fresh produce, and other food products will give the residents and other community members a place to get nutritious food items. Secondly, the market will develop a culture and identity. There are business areas, clubs, a rooftop pool, planned to be built in the apartment complex and right next to Collegetown, the market will give residents an area where they can fresh produce for themselves than getting food from restaurants on Grand River Avenue. A local market built in the Hub will help save time, money, and health for future residents and community members.

  

Local

  

    Diversity and Culture   

  

    Author:     Jennifer Padilla   

    

    Principle:     Place of belonging   

  

    Description:     

Mackenzie Brown made a very valuable point in the “Culture is key article”. She mentioned that “What we mean by culture as a good city principle is recognizing diversity and difference within a community, and then giving it a belonging”. With this being said, I believe that if the hub that’s being built on Grand River wants people to rent, they need to have a sense of belonging of a variety of cultures. They could hang photos of different cultures, build a small store with a variety of different types of food, and hire a very diverse staff that speaks multiple languages and are able to interact with people who are looking into renting these apartments.
This would definitely make the hub feel like a place of belonging for all of the different cultures. The different languages, food, and diversity would impact the hub by gaining a variety of diverse students and others who would love to rent. The community at the hub would be happy and feel welcomed! Culture is definitely the key to improvement with the variety of diversity at the hub people could make many network connections that could benefit them for a lifetime. The diverse artifacts that I suggest being included would make the hub special and unique.

  

Diversity pic

  

    Building Bike-Share   

  

    Author:     Jose Gavina   

    

    Principle:     Multi-modal Transportation   

  

    Description:     

The Hub on Grand River is very much focused on their residents being able to bike everywhere as there will be bike racks throughout the development, so starting a “bike share” type of project that is restricted to residents of the building would seem like a reasonable thing for them to include. It would definitely help lessen any complaints that there is limited parking available. Additionally, it would lower the number of cars in the area since they are potentially bringing in a lot of new people to the city. Reducing the number of cars in the area will help ensure the safe circulation that the "Complete Streets" idea from “The City Fix”. They could even partner with the city of East Lansing to improve or change signs for bike lanes if that is deemed necessary to make the area safer. Furthermore, they could get creative with how they could store the bikes in places throughout the building/area. The photo below shows a great model of how bikes can be stored in unique ways. Unique ideas like that will help add something new to the landscape.

As far as implementing this idea goes, they would have to figure out which supplier they would get bikes from. They could also allow residents to bring their own bikes to implement into the sharing program, and as a thank you for increasing the number of bikes available, they could give them a discount on their utilities and let them participate in the program without a fee. Now that payment is mentioned, a fee of around $5-$10 per month per person would be a good way to keep the program going. Moving forward, finding the proper storage for all of these bikes is an area where they can get creative. It could really add to the atmosphere as I have not seen another building that has implemented physical bikes into their design. As a result of this neat design, it could attract customers to the retail space they have (7/11, Georgio’s, and any additional retail shops). Overall, this seems like a feasible idea if the apartment complex is able to come up with enough bikes to implement into their budget.

  

Bike share storage

  

    International Market   

  

    Author:     Zainab Hanosh   

    

    Principle:     International-friendly   

  

    Description:     

The Hub on Grand River is in the heart of East Lansing and a quick stroll to MSU’s campus. Core Spaces LLC. did a great job with implementing amenities such as a fitness center, fully equipped pool and spa and a basketball court for the incoming student tenants. These are all great ideas to keep students active and healthy but one improvement idea I would suggest would be to include a small international market run by international workers.

Based on data and information provided by the university, there are over 38.3% minority students of which more than half are international. This improvement idea would not only drive more minority and international students to The Hub, but it will offer a sense of belonging to them. It would make them feel at home, away from home. The small market can include foods and drinks popular in countries where the students are from such as ramen, where students can then prepare them on their own time. The Hub would be the first apartment complex to cater to the minority and international students by making them feel welcomed.

  

Hanosh

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