Lansing Lists: Top Three Building Boo-Boo’s

Knapp's Office Center - 300 South Washington

Knapp's Office Center - 300 South Washington


#1 Building Boo-Boo – The old Knapp’s Building – The Knapp’s department store closed in 1980. The government tenants fled in the 1990s. East Lansing turned the entire third floor of its old Jacobson’s department store into the entrepreneurial incubator called “The TIC” (Technology Innovation Center), which has spawned more than a dozen new businesses. Why is the Knapp’s building still languishing after all these years?

New Michigan State Police Headquarters - Corner of Kalamazoo & Grand

New Michigan State Police Headquarters - Corner of Kalamazoo & Grand


#2 Building Boo-Boo – The new Michigan State Police Headquarters – The outcry over the lucrative deal for developers Gary Granger and Joel Ferguson pressured lawmakers into negotiating a new “bargain” agreement where the state will pay only $71 million of taxpayer dollars for a downtown facility that many say is too cramped. Meanwhile, the state’s budget woes resulted in the layoff of 100 troopers. Why couldn’t legislators choose to rehab the East Lansing facility? Or build a new one at the Secondary Complex next to the MSP Training Academy?

Lansing City Market - Cedar Street

Lansing City Market - Cedar Street


#3 Building Boo-Boo – The new Lansing City Market – Yes, we love the vendors. Yes, we would still shop there even if they relocated to a cave. But a pole barn’s a pole barn. I do hope they prove me wrong, however, and the building turns out to be charming once it opens.

Bonnie Bucqueroux retired from Michigan State University's School of Journalism to experiment with online publications, including Lansing Online News. She is also co-president (with Susan Masten) of Lansing Area NOW.

One response to “Lansing Lists: Top Three Building Boo-Boo’s”

  1. eggman

    One other point-the pole barn and State Police headquarters now occupy riverfront which should be the most valuable property in the City. Both locations are poor choices with all the empty lots in Lansing.

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