Hillcrest Village Apartments, 540 Glenmoor Rd. (1937)
Hillcrest Village Apartments, Phase I. July 2004. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth
Significant as the first apartment complex within East Lansing (the site was annexed to the city in the same year as its construction), Hillcrest Village was built in two phases as a collection of tidy, red-brick, Colonial Revival row houses. The site’s arrangement, contrary to most apartment complexes’ broad parking lots and anonymous entryways, lends a welcoming neighborhood feel.
Hillcrest Village’s quaint character is under threat: the current owners claim that the apartments’ maintenance is "costly" due to advancing age, and that they lack modern amenities such as central air conditioning and dishwashers. In 2004 the owners filed a request for rezoning that would have allowed redevelopment of the site with four eight-to-ten-story high rises. In the face of neighbors’ objections and the site’s historic designation (though these were not cited as direct causes) the owners withdrew the rezoning petition, yet are said to be "exploring other options."[Lansing State Journal, 21 September 2004]