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New Mural Program for Old Town

A new mural will decorate the walls of the alley
on the corner of Turner Street and E. Grand River Ave.

The program called Art Spot allowed residents and visitors to choose from more than 10 sketches of prospective murals that could appear in the alley.

“Local artists had the opportunity to submit sketches,” said Brittney Hoszkiw the executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “If chosen they will be the ones installing the murals. We hope to begin work immediately, but completion will depend on the weather.” The winners have not yet been announced.

She added that the mural will be in three different parts, on three different buildings: the Wild Rose Café, Swanson Design and 317 E. Grand River Ave.

Planned Mural Locations


The OTCA, the mural’s design committee and the business owners involved in the project met Monday night to discuss and solidify the plan for the project, said OTCA Employee Lisa Wright.

The Ingham County Treasurer, Eric Schertzing recently supported a similar project in North Lansing where local artists were allowed to paint their own graffiti on the Deluxe Inn after it closed.  The Inn was eventually demolished, but the murals will stay. Schertzing said in an earlier interview that Old Town is based on art and that anything aimed at promoting art will help the community.

Residents of Old Town Group also supports the program and anything generally related to art in Old Town.

“I think any program to help advance art in Old Town is one I would support,” said Mike Davis Jr., the president of the ROOT Group.

“It will create another layer of opportunity, make a utilitarian alley into an attraction in the community and provide an outlet for emerging artists to display their work in the Lansing
area,” Hoszkiw said.

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ROOT Group Meets-Up to Cleanup

By Jack Crawley
Old Town Times staff writer


One of the Residents of Old Town Group’s primary activities is the community garden on Cedar Street. In fact, the garden is so important to the ROOT Group that it serves as its meeting place during warm months, which is why the meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22 was held there.

The meeting was smaller than usual, probably because the date was changed. Only ROOT Group President Mike Davis Jr. and executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association Brittney Hoszkiw, attended. In keeping with Old Town’s unique style, the ROOT Group holds working meetings, where members discuss projects and goals while caring for the garden. Continue reading

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Old Town’s Last Farmers Market Draws Near

The Residents of Old Town Group met Thursday, Sept. 22 and discussed a number of issues including the last day of the Old Town Farmers Market (Oct. 2).

The ROOT Group was started in the winter of 2009, said Brittney Hoszkiw, the executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association.  The group addresses issues “dictated by the members and their interests,” said Hoszkiw.  Community empowerment is the main focus, she said.   The group consists of residents, police officers and business owners in the area. Though the group includes police officers, Hoszkiw said they do not discuss crime, but leave those discussions to area Neighborhood Watch groups.

Two of the main focuses of the ROOT Group are the maintenance of the Old Town Community Garden and the Old Town Farmer’s Market, said Mike Davis Jr., president of the group.   The garden, located on the corner of N. Cedar and E. Maple streets, grows flowers and fruits and vegetables.

Davis said the ROOT Group is renovating the garden. A Lowe’s Home Improvement store donated a shed, he said.

“We are hoping for some pavers very soon,” Davis said.  “We are also working on a rain collection system from the shed.”


Map of OTCA to Community Garden

The group also supports the Old Town Farmers Market, which is held on the first Sunday of every month.  Davis said that the last month’s market attracted a large number of customers. The market features vendors selling produce, cheeses, meats and fish.

The market is held in the parking lot of Grand Café and Sir Pizza, located on the corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue.

“The market helps to bring people to the community,” said Ruben Garcia, a vendor who sells at the market.  “Especially since the Art Walk is also on the same day.  It brings double the traffic.” Garcia sells hot sauces, cheeses, cheese sauces and chips.

Garcia suggested that the Market should be moved to a later time.  With the art walk, morning church goers, and the market all working together, the events could form a steady stream of traffic in the community, he suggested.

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing spoke in an earlier interview, and said that in order to revitalize the Old Town community, foot traffic through walkable areas is a key.  With many other businesses located within less than 500 feet, including Favorites Café, Katalyst Gallery, Persperctive2 Studio, Love, Betti and many other restaurants and boutique shops, the market brings that foot traffic.



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