Property: 1335 E. Grand River Ave.


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 pub. Although the individual commercial uses may have been displaced by larger competitors, the building type remains vital.

In fact, this type — known as the Live- Work — is a fundamental element in the ‘Missing Middle,’ a term used by modern planners in reference to the gap between single-family detached residences and multiunit apartment blocks.

This building’s renovation (see below) should begin with a more welcoming front elevation. Whether the replacement storefront features traditional details or reflects modern tastes, the additional windows will allow potential patrons to see the goods available within.

“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.