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Eyesore of the Week: 1609 N. Larch St.

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This Lansing Board of Water & Light substation has sat vacant for more than a decade, but residents likely won’t have to watch it decay for much longer. Instead, they’ll be able to come inside and buy a bag of marijuana.

The three-story brick building might not have any windows — or much going inside at all — but leaseholder Chris Williams has big plans for renovations (or possible demolition) as he looks to give the north side its first one-stop, marijuana microbusiness capable of growing up to 150 plants for Michigan’s recreational pot market.

Under state law, marijuana microbusinesses can grow and sell the flower directly, or process it into concentrates, edibles or other infused products. While they can’t sell directly to other dispensaries, they can effectively supply their own demand from a single location. Think of them as craft breweries for weed.

Just off the overpass where Larch Street splits from Cedar Street, the 5,600-square-foot building was built in 1936 and is mostly surrounded by industrial space. BWL sold it back in 2018. Williams signed his lease in December. And barring a licensing delay, plans call for the recreational pot shop to open sometime this year.

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