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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Dylan Sowle
Property: 1116 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing

Owner: Joshua Clark

Assessed value: $26,800

Owner says: Could not be reached for comment

Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: As it becomes increasingly important to minimize the built environment’s impact on the land to mitigate sprawl, maximizing every inch of the already existing footprint of a house is important. Dormers, likes these at 1116 E. Kalamazoo St., are cousins of the cupola, shedding not only light into an interior space but also creating a living space in the attic. Often an addition, dormers cleverly extend living space within without extending beyond the existing house. Think up before thinking out.

The run down, two-story house with the giant orange caution sign in front has certainly seen better days. Plywood boards cover most of the windows and block entry through the front door, although we’re not sure why you’d want to venture inside. There’s not much to look at beyond some blankets and furniture strewn about. And of course, what eyesore would be complete without “DANGER KEEP OUT” plastered on its front? The notice probably has something to do with the fire damage the house has apparently encountered. 

Things didn’t always look so bad for this Lansing residence, but with unknown damages on the inside, its future is uncertain. Maybe it’s not too far gone to be saved. For now, it’ll have to settle for living out its former glory in the not-yet-updated Google Maps street view.

“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 eye@lansingcitypulse.com or call Andy Balaskovitz at 999-5064.

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