State Police Redevelopment Rendering
The State Police Post Redevelopment centers on Michigan State University’s mission to be Bolder By Design by enhancing the student experience and advancing the university’s culture of high performance. The site, named 1855 Place in honor of the year MSU was founded, will retain its convenient event parking while also offering single students and student families a vibrant community with revitalized apartment housing, engagement areas, scenic plazas and a marketplace to fulfill every Spartan’s need. With Residential and Hospitality Services and MSU Athletics administration finding a new, consolidated home at the site, not only will residents be able to easily secure tickets to the next big game, but the benefits of this new collaborative and efficient workspace will be felt across the university.

Project Updates

Last update: December 04, 2017

What's Happening Now

Construction on 1855 Place has been completed and all facilities are now open. Stop by to enjoy the new Starbucks, Sparty's Market, Spartan Ticket Office, Spartan Spirit Shop and Housing Assignments Office.

What's Happening Next

Residential and Hospitality Services team members continue staggard moves into the office building throughout the fall.

Project Timeline


Board of Trustees approves planning of the project following feasibility study and site selection

Oct. 2013

Board of Trustees gives approval to begin Phase 1

Jun. 2015

Phase 1

Groundbreaking and construction of Phase 1 begins

Fall 2015

Phase 1 opens, including family housing and parking

Fall 2016

Phase 2

Construction of Phase 2 begins

Fall 2016

Phase 2 opens, including single student housing, offices, retail venues and community space

Fall 2017

Ceremonial ribbon cutting and site dedication

Fall 2017

Contact Information


Start with the Faq's

How will vacant buildings impact safety in the Spartan Village community?

Safety and security are our top priorities. Throughout this process, we will work with the MSU Police Department, our staff and other community members to handle any safety issues and concerns proactively, including working to avoid negative impacts as buildings on-site are closed.

What impact will the project have on traffic?

As part of the planning process, MSU had a traffic impact study prepared by an independent consultant. The results of the study indicate that the project will have minimal impact on traffic. On days when there are special events, MSU Police will direct traffic at entry and exits points to ensure a safe and orderly flow of traffic. The current plan is to have traffic exit the development to the north, directly onto Kalamazoo. MSU will continue to monitor traffic in the area and will work with the community to make appropriate adjustments if needed.

Will the project increase the risk of flooding in the area?

The project was designed to meet all storm water management requirements, including the standard that as much storm water as possible be retained on site. The design takes into account an existing 100-year flood plain that crosses the site, by preserving the “Protected Open Space.” This undeveloped area will remain “green” and is intended to be a community asset as a park setting. It will accommodate a recreational practice field and a planned community garden and it may include other park amenities, such as seating and a children’s playground. Additionally, the sanitary and storm water separation project implemented on the site in 2014, which segregated the sanitary waste lines from the newly installed storm water utilities, should enhance the collection and removal of storm water that is not captured for retention on site. Current plans call for the use of bioswails throughout the site to collect water in a natural, environmentally friendly manner.

What impact will the development have on my property in the Red Cedar neighborhood?

We believe that MSU, the City of East Lansing, and the Red Cedar Neighborhood all will ultimately benefit from the redevelopment. MSU will be making numerous site enhancements meant to benefit the surrounding community, some of which will include the direct participation of neighbors in the decision-making process. Examples include:

  • Allowing neighborhood residents to select, from among our architect’s suggestions, the color of the family housing buildings.
  • Increasing the landscaping along our property line to provide a visual screen between the project and the homes on Marigold Avenue.
  • Providing upgraded landscaping along the property line of the center family housing building, which is closest to the homes on Marigold Avenue.
  • Maintaining as many of the healthy, mature trees that are currently on the site as possible.
  • Planting fast-growing evergreen trees that will provide color in the winter and visual density over time.
  • Replacing the fencing material on the rear property lines of the homes that directly face the parking lot to be used for event parking with one of three options to be selected by residents.

General Questions:

Media Contact: Kat Cooper, Director of Communications
Phone: 517-355-3465


  • Residential and Hospitality Services
  • Michigan State Athletics
  • Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
  • Michigan State University Police
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