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Wednesday, August 12,2009

Eyesore of the week

by James Andersen

Property: 3205 S. Cedar St., Lansing Assessed: $219,900


Owner: Laura-Reneh Mshahwar


Taxpayer: Laura-Reneh Mshahwar


Owner Says: Unable to be reached for comment


Architect says: The 3200 block of S Cedar St. is a gateway to Brookland Boulevard and should be celebrated by significant architecture that marks its entry. A weekly open-air farmers market would be the perfect short-term solution to the blighted corner. A traditional two-story masonry building built to the sidewalk with residential above, retail below, and parking behind would be an ideal long-term solution.


A sign on the inside of this building reads “Gyros,” suggesting that at one time this place actually served food. But even if it was open, you might want to think twice before eating there.

Inside the restaurant formerly known as Stella’s are stacks of chairs, stools and cups, cleaning supplies and tools. The ceiling is rotted and half collapsed, leaving exposed pipes and light fixtures that may not be far from falling.

The exterior is partly hidden by large weeds and errant pieces of lumber are scattered around the perimeter along with broken gardening tools and trash.




“Eyesore of the Week," our weekly look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing, is back. Whether it's commercial or residential, let us know about that blight in your neighborhood! If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eyesore@lansingcitypulse.com or call Neal McNamara at 371-5600 ex. 17.

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