Property: 401 Shepard St., Lansing Owner: Amerihome Co.

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, the building appears reasonably sound. With a few minor alterations (see below), it could provide a great live-work unit. Adding openings in the broad blank walls and replacing the opaque guardrail would give occupants the opportunity to engage with the street.

Recent updates to the building code specifically address the live-work use, which has gained popularity with the rise of new urbanism and a growing workforce eager to maintain immediate proximity with their work and home. This building in particular provides a good transition between the active Kalamazoo Street and the residences along Shepard.

“Eyesore of the Week” is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each week with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail or call Berl Schwartz at 999-5061.