Life O'Riley demolition begins today

Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 13:24:55-04

One of Lansing's biggest eyesores will be coming down.

Construction crews will start demolishing the Life O 'Riley  mobile home park this morning. the Life O 'Riley park was shut down in February of 2014 for health and safety violations.

The owners were given two years to bring the park up to state standards, but never did. Despite the 3-year long ordeal, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is hopeful for the future of the property.

"We will be so much better off when it's a blank slate. When it's a blank slate, it can be marketed, then it can be redeveloped," said Bernero. "I would love to see some affordable quality housing on that site. I'm sure the neighbors would love to see that. Either commercial development or affordable quality housing would be wonderful."

A Detroit-area contractor will demolish the park at a cost of $130,000. The owner of the property will have to repay the city for those costs.

According to city leaders, the owner also owes the city $250,000 in unpaid water bills.

Demolition is expected to finish up in a matter of weeks.