The property at 534 N. Pine St., a block from Saginaw Street, stands as testimony to the ongoing tax foreclosure processes in Lansing and Ingham County.
The property was transferred in ownership to the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office on May 1. On May 22, city code compliance officials cited the property for its overgrown grass. Treasurer Eric Schertzing said he believes the property is on the mow list, but many of the newly acquired properties the county handles after tax foreclosures often come with complications, like renters or others living in the property.
“They still have tenancy rights,” Schertzing said. “So we have to be careful about when and if we go on those properties.”
Until the county can finalize eviction proceedings on properties like this, he said his hands are tied on doing anything like mowing lawns or addressing other issues on the property.
It’s unclear if anyone lives at the property with approximately 18 inch-high grass and a crumbling front porch. What is clear, from city records, is that backlogged taxes have long plagued the property and so have code compliance issues. The property may have been an unregistered rental to boot.
“Eyesore of the Week” is our weekly look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse. com or call Berl Schwartz at 999-5061.