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Posted on: March 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Two Properties in Park District Planning Area Slated for Demolition

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two properties located in the Park District Planning area are slated for demolition and hearings will be scheduled for the other properties in the area in the near future.

At a dangerous building hearing on Thursday, March 17, WGR Finance LLC – the new owners of the privately owned buildings in the Park District – agreed to a Stipulation and Consent Order to demolish the former apartment buildings located at 341-345 Evergreen Ave. by no later than July 31, 2016. Two additional hearings will be scheduled for future dates in April to address the other properties owned by WGR Finance LLC, including 100 W. Grand River Ave. and 124-140 W. Grand River Ave.

WGR Finance LLC became owners of the privately held properties in the Park District Planning Area earlier this year.

“The new owners have been very cooperative in arriving at a mutual resolution for the privately held Park District properties in accordance with the East Lansing City Code,” said East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows. “We appreciate their willingness to work with us to address these blighted, dangerous buildings in downtown East Lansing.”

The hearings with WGR Finance LLC are being held in accordance with Chapter 6, Article 3, Sec. 108 of the East Lansing City Code. East Lansing City Council adopted Ordinance 1360 this past December to make amendments to the provisions regarding dangerous buildings in this section of the code.

In addition to the privately owned properties, the City of East Lansing has been awarded a $99,000 Blight Elimination Program grant from the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority to demolish 303 Abbot Road. This property, owned by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is scheduled to be demolished by the end of May. The demolition will be covered by the grant funds and a $36,000 contribution from the DDA.

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