Michigan Historic Preservation Network Looks to Make Dilapidation Renovation

By: Jack Crawley
Old Town Times staff writer


The Michigan Historic Preservation Network recently put in a bid to purchase and renovate the long-vacant Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station, located at 313 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town. The MHPN plans to use the second floor of the two-story building as its new headquarters, while leasing out the first floor for retail. The purchase price of the building is currently set at $60,000 and will be be voted upon in the coming weeks. MHPN Executive Director Nancy Finegood said that the Michigan Historic Tax Credit program will provide a tax credit and the organization will also receive a small facade grant from the City of Lansing.

Oktoberfest a Major Boost to OTCA Budget

By Jack Crawley
Old Town Times staff writer

While Old Town’s Oktoberfest aims to make a cultural impact as “Mid-Michigan’s only German-style event,” it also makes a major contribution to the Old Town Commercial Association’s finances — to the (polka) tune of almost 20% of its annual budget. OTCA Executive Director Brittney Hoszkiw confirmed that the 2010 Oktoberfest brought in more than $12,000, and she expects this year’s festival, on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday Oct. 8,, to be even bigger. This is the festival’s sixth year and Hoszkiw says it has consistently made a profit for OTCA.