Eyesore of the week

Eyesore of the Week

642 S. Francis Ave., Lansing


The front door and some windows are covered over with peeling plywood, and the front of the home is overgrown with weeds. The boarded-up front door, and the window next to it, where Lansing Code Compliance posted a red tag — now faded — are blocked by such lovely weeds and burdock clings to the front cement patio, caking any clothing daring enough to approach with sticky, round seed pods. 

On the side of this eastside building is another red tag, on a window. The wood clapboard siding is peeling off the house, as are thick sheets of paint, which have chipped and fallen off across all sides of the house. In the backyard is a large mattress. 

The 616-square-foot home was red-tagged for safety issues on Nov. 21, 2019, according to Lansing property records. The home was tax foreclosed by Ingham County in July 2020. In February  2021 the property was handed over the Ingham County Land Bank Fast Track Authority. 

“Eyesore of the Week” is our weekly look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates with Eye Candy of the Week and Eye for Design. Have a suggestion? Email eye@lansingcitypulse.com  or call in a nomination at 517-999-5061.


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