Controversial Lansing Housing Comm. Executive Director leaving post

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There is a change coming to the top spot at the Lansing Housing Commission.

Executive Director Patricia Baines-Lake is retiring and the search has already begun for someone to take over that position.

The departure is not a surprise; Baines-Lake had earlier made it clear that this would be her last contract and would be leaving when it expired.

Baines-Lake had come under criticism for recent problems at the Washington Park Apartments.

There have been a number of issues at Washington Park, including a shooting death in April. One man has been arrested for that.

Residents say the apartment complex has been the source of crime, poor security, bed bugs, and lack of sanitation.

In May a plan was proposed to give the southwest Lansing five-story complex a facelift. That proposal is still in the planning stages.

Tony Baltimore, chairman of the Lansing Housing Commission, says the public will not see a disruption is services while the search is held to find Baines-Lake’s successor. That retirement will likely take effect early next year.

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