Tuba Museum starts to make way for Douglas J

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Worker cuts big fuel oil tank with saw as another worker operates steam shovel in Okemos, Mich.

Workers begin cleanup of Tuba Museum site on northwest corner of Okemos and Hamilton roads on Jan. 23./Meridian Times photo by Joe Grimm

OKEMOS–Workers excavated and then cut up a heating oil tank buried behind the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The excavation is an early step in a project that will bring a Douglas J Salon and Day Spa expansion to the northwest corner of Hamilton and Okemos roads, known as the Four Corners. The development will replace the restaurant, White Brothers Music and Triple Goddess Bookstore, which is in the background of the photo. The bookstore building dates to 1870 and is on the state’s historic register as the Dr. James F. Smiley House. The buildings will be demolished.

This phase of land recovery is being handled by Triterra of Lansing. The company does environmental consulting and brownfield development.

The restaurant has been closed and the tubas are nowhere to be seen. According to the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum website, a new location is being sought.

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