Sept. 8 2010 12:00 AM

Absentee landlords abound

Note the assessment of $0 ("Eyesore of the Week," 9/1/2010). This is owned by "Gates of Zion", located at 11705 Schavey Rd, Dewitt. Considered a place of worship, it pays no taxes on the properties it owns. Lest you think they purchased this ramshackled property to refurbish, think again. They’ve owned it (and it’s been off the city of Lansing’s tax roll) since February 5, 2000. As you go around Lansing, challenge assumptions that it’s always Lansing residents failing to keep up properties — absentee landlords, even churches, abound.

— michimike from