Eyesore of the week
|By Megan Murphy|
Property: 600 N. Homer St., Lansing TownshipProperty: 600 N. Homer St., Lansing Township
Owner: FLM Development Co
Taxpayer: FLM Development Co.
Owner says: Unavailable for comment
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: The former Impulse II club is situated at a major exit off a highway that is a gateway to the Lansing metro area. A gateway should be marked with buildings that convey an image of the community and civic pride to citizens and visitors. The site is an excellent opportunity for redevelopment and is available for this purpose. It is well suited for a mixed-use, two-story masonry building that could set a precedent for the corridor.
This abandoned bar, or maybe restaurant, across from the Frandor shopping center is home to a fake hot air balloon with a hole in its side, which is a giant 3D metaphor for the condition of the property: wounded, flagging, deteriorating, and on and on.
There are hand-painted words all over the outside of the building, advertising strange combinations of things like “Keno,” “$” and “Salsa,” but they look like very half-hearted graffiti. The paint is chipping off the building and the colors have faded off the roof. There are weeds and grassy patches taking over the parking lot and growing through the cracks in between the spaces.
A lesson on urban gateways by Harrell-Seyburn:
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