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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn

 




Property:  720 Seymour St., Lansing


Owner:  Diane Sanborn


Taxpayer: Diane Sanborn


Assessed:  $97,200


Whether you travel a short distance for
a staycation or a long distance, eco-friendly lodging is one of the
best ways to carbon offset travel. The Cozy Koi Bed and Breakfast at
720 Seymour St. is the only bed and breakfast in the Lansing city
limits and a Green Lodging Michigan Partner, recognized by the state
for its environmental efforts.


The two more than 100-year-old homes the
Cozy Koi occupies were carefully restored by owner and innkeeper Diane
Sanborn, and are particularly well-suited to adaptive reuse
(reinventing buildings’ use while maintaining the historic character).


In addition to the inherently
environmental assets of adaptive reuse and location, Diane Sanborn
takes the Cozy Koi to the next level with a grass parking lot.
Impervious surfaces are not only unattractive but add to storm-water
run-off problems. Grid pavers allow grass to grow through, making for
an attractive parking area and permeable surface for absorbing water.
Imagine how beautiful our city would be with more permeable surfaces. 


Looking for something to do this year
that is light on the pocketbook? Try a night at the Cozy Koi. Diane
serves grape preserves, raspberry jam, and tomatoes to guests from the
garden of the bed and breakfast. And don’t miss the beautiful koi pond.



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