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Cooley-Haze House gains interest from potential private buyers

Posted at 8:22 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 10:30:27-04

It's the last historical home of its kind in Lansing. Once the residence of a former Governor of Michigan, and home to the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame, the Cooley-Haze House was built in 1903 on Malcolm-X St. It's the last mansion on that stretch that hasn't been demolished by the city or by previous homeowners.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department said Monday that a number of people are interested in buying the property from private homeowners to restaurateurs.

Veronica Gracia-Wing, the Chair of Lansing's Parks Board said that the city could not afford to maintain the historical property, so last year, the public voted to have the Cooley-Haze House sold to a private owner.

"This house has a lot of potential. It's still structurally pretty great. There are some things that need to happen TLC-wise, but with the right investor or the person that's dedicated, the team that's dedicated to its rehabilitation, I really think it can return back to its former glory," said Gracia-Wing.

The new owners will have to follow a restrictive covenant, and can't change the home's exterior in order to preserve its rich history.

Gracia-Wing said if a private owner can't be found, giving up and demolishing the home is not an option. The board will then try to tweak the proposal's criteria or expand their search nationally.

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