There once was a hotel in Lansing that was brand new, in a pretty busy location, close to the Oldsmobile Factories and downtown Lansing. It was a Motel 6 in its original form, back in the 80's.
Then it downgraded and became the Deluxe Inn.
Deluxe! It was a pretty scary place that was run down and attracted mostly prostitution and drug activity.
The owners of the Deluxe Inn couldn't pay their taxes and last year the property was purchased by The Land Bank, to be torn down and redeveloped.
However, before the building is torn down, graffiti artists were invited to do their thing on the soon to be destroyed building.
Graffiti Artists Working Together
There are dozens of photos of the building on this webpage. I can't read half the stuff that's written, but it's very interesting.
There are also a few guidelines in place for the Deluxe project, Manzella said. Most important, you have to have been invited to participate: “We just want to keep it to a dull roar in terms of who’s gonna be there. We don’t want everyone with a spray paint can showing up.”
The public will, however, be welcome to visit the Deluxe for a viewing in August, during which “we’ll be showcasing the art and having conversations about the development of REO Town,” Manzella said.
Shortly afterward, the Deluxe will be turned over to the Fire Department, which will torch parts of the building for training exercises.
The City Pulse
A Lansing photographer took some awesome shots of the former Deluxe Inn. Her name is Melissa Keeley and she's a wedding and portrait photographer who has recently moved to Lansing, MI. I'm so happy that she took some photos of the Graffiti project. Go on over to Telltale photography to take a look. She took some really great shots!
I am pretty sure that the hotel will torn down by the time I get back to Lansing in October, but I'm happy that I got to see it's most recent incarnation through pictures.
Have a great day!