Eyesore of the week
|By Neal McNamara|
Property: 1300 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing
Owner: MDT Properties LLC
Taxpayer: MDT Properties LLC
Owner says: Wants to turn it into a convenience store Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Gas stations are often ill-suited for adaptive reuse because of design. Once the tanks and pumps are removed, the remnant is a diminutive structure that is hardly large enough for another use. Rather than continue the status quo, gas stations should be designed in such a manner that is advantageous to the community both economically and sustainably. To learn more from Harrell-Seyburn see this story at www.LansingCityPulse.com
As far as eyesores go, this one could be a lot worse. It’s boarded up, sure, but none of the windows are broken, and it looks as if it’s painted fairly often. Still, it’s abandoned and located on a highly trafficked corner near Old Town.
Owner Michael Alexander said that the property ceased to be a gas station in 1979. It had once operated as a convenience store. The store shut down, but he’s looking to reopen it, possibly as a convenience store again.
“It would be nice if there were community development funds available to develop this,” he said.
More about gas stations and adaptive reuse by Harrell-Seyburn:
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