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Introduction

Origins

The City

Collegeville (1887, 1895)
College Delta (1898, 1899)
Oakwood (1899)
Cedar Banks (1900)
College Grove (1903)
Fairview (1904, 1905)
College Heights (1904)

Charter of 1907

Avondale (1913)
Bungalow Knolls (1916)
Chesterfield Hills (1916)
Ardson (1919)
Ridgeley Park (1921)
Strathmore (1925)
Glen Cairn (1926)

The Campus

Chronology

1855–1870
1871–1885
1886–1900
1901–1915
1916–1927

 

Interactive Map

Sites on the National and State Historic Registers

Complete list of
Significant Structures

Sources

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]