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Ingham County set to raze 240 blighted buildings

Lansing home demolition photo
WKAR File Photo
This house in the 3500 block of Jewell Street in Lansing was demolished this week.

Ingham County officials are using a $6-million federal grant to remove more than 200 blighted homes around the city. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with county land bank executive director Jeff Burdick.

Ingham County officials are beginning an ambitious campaign to reduce blight in the city of Lansing. The Ingham County Land Bank is using a federal grant to demolish more than 200 vacant eyesores that threaten public safety and lower adjacent property values.

The County received $6-million from what’s called the “Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program.” Officials have about 240 derelict buildings in their eyes that are slated to be torn down over the next year.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery visited one of those sites not far from Cedar and Holmes street in south Lansing.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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