If the putrid smell emanating from this downtown structure didn’t catch your attention, a glance inside one of the windows ought to do the trick.
This two-story parcel at Grand Avenue and Allegan Street looks like any other downtown office building — except for the veritable jungle swallowing the interior. Heating ducts and lights have collapsed over an ever-growing layer of moss and other vegetation.
Property records note the site is owned by Summit Associates II, a corporation registered to Alton Granger, the chairman of Granger Construction. His son, CEO Glenn Granger, said there were no plans for the land.
He also said the building, former home to the Lansing Business and Law Center, was sold to his brother, Gary Granger, of the Granger Group, but might not have been recorded. He called it a “family transaction” without further detail. Gary Granger never returned a call.
Taxes are paid and various code enforcement issues, like broken windows and litter, have also been alleviated, records state. Lansing declared the building dangerous for its dilapidated condition, but it doesn’t appear that anyone is willing to take responsibility for the space.
“Eyesore of the Week” is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse. com or call Berl Schwartz at 999-5061.