March 31 2010 12:00 AM
Property: 420 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing

Owner: Bonnie Laux

Taxpayer: Bonnie Laux

Assessed: $23,900

Owner says: Could not be reached for comment

Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: At one time, the weathered house at 420 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. was quite a handsome dwelling in the tradition of the early American farmhouse style. Although time and neglect have taken their toll, the traditional structure features standard elements characteristic of the farmhouse style: a two-story wood frame construction with gables to add light, a steeply pitched roof and a porch. A simple shed roof dormer, clearly a later addition, wisely oriented to the south adds light to the upper story. To learn more from Harrell-Seyburn, see this story at

The house at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Genesee Street has a faded paint job, a cement stoop accented with dead shrubbery, a boarded-up backside, stretches of dying grass on either side and, upon peering inside, an interior that is still furnished.

The house was red tagged by the city of Lansing on March 25 . While the owner could not be reached, city code compliance officer Craig Whitford said getting anything done to this property could take up to nine months.

“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 Neal McNamara at 371- 5600 ex. 17.