Old Town’s futuristic approach

By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer 

LANSING, MI. –Old Town businesses are slowly thinking about how they want to see their town in the next 10 to 15 years.In the early 1980’s, Old Town was run down and abandoned. “There really wasn’t a lot of crime,” said Tina Ray of MessageMakers. “Just boarded up buildings that made it look empty like a ghost town.”

In 1982, Terry Terry, founder of MessageMakers, came to Old Town and started to renovate. In 1984, he created the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), and he collaborated with a group of artists to make an art district.

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.