Abandoned homes still persistent, but ebbing in Lansing Township

By Rachel Beard
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

According to the Lansing Charter Township 2009 Master Plan, there are a significant number of vacant homes in Lansing Township. Although vacancies were 1.30 percent of total homeowner housing stock in Lansing Township in 2000, Urbandale, a neighborhood south of Kalamazoo Street, had a vacancy rate of 10 percent that year, according to the Lansing Township Master Plan. That’s nearly 10 times the township average, and that was well before the Great Recession of 2008 which sent foreclosure rates skyrocketing across the country. It only takes a quick drive around the township to notice that quite a few homes have been abandoned. So why are there so many vacant homes in Lansing Township?