Property: 1214 W. Allegan St., Lansing
Owner: Northwest Housing Fund LLC
Taxpayer: Northwest Housing Fund LLC
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: In higher density residential areas, houses are frequently converted from single family to multi-family and can be elegant housing solutions in urban areas. This house is an example of how this transition was not carefully executed and what was once a beautiful home is compromised by shortsighted modifications. A few restorations to the facade would return this house to its original beauty. Ideally located directly across from the Riddle Elementary School, and within walking distance to downtown, this house would be perfect for a young family or families. To learn more from Harrell-Seyburn, see this story at www.LansingCityPulse.com.
This duplex-style house is painted an unattractive shade of salmon with dark green trim. The paint is also fading, chipping and peeling away. There is a single board covering one of the front, second-story windows.
On the sides there are more boarded-up shattered windows, broken blinds and a torn screen window. The backside boasts an outdoor, rickety wooden stairwell that looks like it would collapse if anyone set foot on it.
The front cement stoop is crumbling away, and the porch is littered with trash and even a full bag of what looks to be remnants of a party long past.
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