Unique Partnership Kicks Off Restoration of Historic Eastside Lansing Homes

Lansing Community College, the Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) and the Ingham County Land Bank have partnered to form Restoration Works!, a neighborhood stabilization and home restoration project.

The project is centered on the restoration of two historic homes in Lansing’s Eastside, at 1501 and 1512 E. Kalamazoo Street. The two foreclosed homes are owned by the Land Bank and were scheduled for demolition before the partnership project came to fruition.

Restoration Works! is an effort to preserve the history of the homes, both longstanding in the neighborhood.

The restoration work will be done by LCC Environment, Design and Building Technologies Department (EDBT) students as part of LCC’s Technical Careers Division. Members of ANC’s Housing Caucus and LCC students will be giving tours of these houses on Nov. 4, after a 10:30 a.m. press conference.

“This is a tremendous way for students to learn and demonstrate their building trades skills while contributing to the viability of their community,” says George Berghorn, who chairs the EDBT program at LCC. “We're hopeful this is just the first of a series of Restoration Works! projects in which we can partner and participate.”

Frequent follow-up tours will also be given throughout the restoration process.

Source: Joan Nelson, Allen Neighborhood Center

Writer: Suban Nur Cooley
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