Major Brown Clarke backer owes $72,000 in delinquent taxes
March 8 2017
The host of mayoral candidate Judi Brown Clarke’s kickoff fundraiser owes over $72,000 in delinquent property taxes, interest and fees either personally or through limited liability companies of...
While other cities collapsed, Lansing progressed despite Great Recession
March 1 2017
In January 2006, newly sworn-in Mayor Virg Bernero was unpacking boxes in his new ninth floor office overlooking the Capitol. It was still the New Year’s holiday, but he was ready to get to work
Council approves new law regulating home pot growing
Feb. 15 2017
In an action that will have ramifications for home growers of medical marijuana, the Lansing City Council has approved an ordinance regulating odor and electrical use
A church’s dream faces foreclosure by Ingham County
Dec. 21 2016
In September 2014, members of the Tabernacle of David church on the city’s southwest side were excited. They’d bought a former charter school right across the street at 2130 W. Holmes Road....
Developer cancels hotel project at DeLuxe Inn site
Nov. 9 2016
The developer who planned to build an extended stay hotel on the former Deluxe Inn site in downtown Lansing has withdrawn the offer, blaming the proposed Lansing Board of Water & Light substation and...
Oct. 26 2016
While this block enjoys significant urban cohesiveness, its troubles are not limited to the buildings. The dedicated bicycle lane helps, but rapid, one-way automobile traffic along this stretch of Saginaw...
July 20 2016
The odd asymmetrical roof and the siding changes along the wall to the left of the porch suggest that this building has seen several alterations since its construction in the early 1920s. More recently,...
July 13 2016
While there were a few close guesses, no one correctly identified the light fixture in the June 1 “Eye for Design.” The lamp is one of several hanging at the Grand River entrance to the The...
Historic Union Depot in hands of unknown buyer
July 13 2016
Who’s buying it is still a secret, but the for-sale sign in front of the historic Clara’s Station Lansing on Michigan Avenue has a “pending” notice pasted over it
Score one for BWL, city in battle over Scott Park
July 13 2016
Opponents of the plan to locate a $26 million power substation in a downtown park have apparently lost an important battle
June 8 2016
This property was featured as an Eyesore in, 2009 ( 3521-eyesore-of-the-week.html and its neglected conditions remain much the same. The broken windows noted then are...
Council opposition may force BWL plan to a referendum
June 1 2016
Critics on the Lansing City Council have the votes to kill a controversial plan to turn a downtown park near REO Town into the home of a power substation
May 18 2016
Buildings like this, which is occupied as a sort of musicians' collective, can be found in most urban neighborhoods, formerly serving functions that varied from corner market to hardware store to local...
Despite vote not to sell, city still wants Willoughby on ballot
May 18 2016
“It is up to the City Council to determine if the voters of Lansing, who have consistently supported measures to sell surplus city property, should have the opportunity to consider this question,”...
Park Board vote set, but questions on sale price, maintenance cost are unanswered
April 27 2016
In a move to save the city of Lansing money, the Park Board will consider a resolution May 11 to sell Willoughby Park, a 70-acre wilderness preserve on the city’s far southwest side
April 13 2016
Although this building, which is the old Sav-Mor grocery store on the north side, seems to need significant attention, in reality it would be greatly aided with the basic act of simplifying the exterior
City Council investigates programs on paint exposure to children
Feb. 17 2016
Since 2008, at least 200 Ingham County children a year have been diagnosed with blood lead levels above the medically accepted levels of 5 mg/DL of blood. Ninety percent of the lead poisoning cases in...
Jan. 27 2016
Admittedly, the designation of ‘”Eyesore” isn’t entirely appropriate for this property at the corner of Kalamazoo and Shepard streets. Beyond the boarded-up windows and minor graffiti,...
Jan. 13 2016
As is often the case with vacant buildings, this former office exhibits neglected upkeep. A fallen eaves trough blocks the main entrance and sections of siding have are missing from the south elevation....
Nov. 25 2015
Editor’s note: On Friday, reporter Todd Heywood sent Randy Hannan, who is Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s spokesman, and Bob Johnson, director of the Planning and Neighborhood Department, 11 questions...

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