Vacant downtown East Lansing building demolished; more to follow

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – As construction workers rip, tear, and knock down this vacant building, one long time employee who used to work at this location is happy to see the building on 303 Abbot Road go.

“I’m glad that it’s finally being torn down. It’s been a long time coming and hopefully it will start to be the beginning of new buildings being brought in to make it look a lot better in East Lansing,” said Dee Przybylski.

And, her wish for a better downtown experience may be granted.

East Lansing Councilmember Erik Altmann said, “this project has stalled for al long time unnecessarily. But, now with some political will and some creativity we’re lighting a fire under that…under those properties and with any luck we’ll see some positive, really positive things for the city and for the campus, I hope within the next two or three years.”

Although the work is in its beginning stages, officials are happy to see an old eyesore being torn down to at some point be built back up into something new.

“We updated our zoning code to require any new development to require mixed housing-type. So, we can be pretty confident that there will be space there for young professionals . . . with any luck seniors. All kinds of people who might want to live downtown and have a really spectacular view of the campus,” said Altmann.

Officials say it will take four weeks to tear down this building. Tightening up their dangerous buildings ordinance was key to kickstarting this construction, according to Councilmember Altmann.


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