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Eye Sore of the Week: 1452 E. Michigan Ave.

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Property: 1452 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Owner: SMTS Real Estate Group, East Lansing

The 21st century has not been kind to the printing business, and the abandoned storefront at 1452 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing seems no exception.

The storefront housed Rapid Printing, Rapid Publications & Advertising and finally Michigan Avenue Printing. Its last Facebook post dates from January 2014 and the business seems to have collected dust since then, with printing equipment visible from the window. The sign has been taken off the front of the building and the remaining facade is covered in grime.

Lansing City Assessor records show Rapid Publications owes $1,290 in delinquent taxes stemming from 2011 to 2014.

The abandoned business sits in a row of historic brick commercial fronts that date from 1923, two doors down from the Jerusalem Bakery, a shop selling Middle Eastern foods. The other two stores have two stories while the old print shop has just one and 2,700 square foot of floor space.

SMTS Real Estate Group of East Lansing purchased the building for $60,000 in April 2014, less than the assessed value of $89,200. SMTS did not return a call asking if there might be any new tenants.

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