Historic Houses on Reeds Lake Demolished

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Historic Houses on Reeds Lake Demolished

Ben Levitt, Staff Writer

Around the city of East Grand Rapids, many people have noticed the sudden increase in houses being demolished. Many of these houses held a historic value which causes many to be upset about the demolition. The most recent house fallen victim to developers was 518 Lakeside Drive SE, also known as the “bath house.” Three doors up the road from Roses, this brown bungalow was built in 1909 for a man named Charles Seidel. This home, as well as the yellow ranch to the south of it, met its fate in early April 2019 in order to make room for a much larger residence to be built.

Many in the community are disappointed with the decision to demolish the historic home, especially in a time when many East Grand Rapids Houses are meeting a similar fate. “It is sad to see all these historic houses getting torn down so that J. Peterson can build his cookie cutter houses with no character,” Jordan Plumstead ‘20 said about the increase in redevelopment.

Some also believe that the redevelopment around EGR has done some good, as some houses were worn down and some would say not worth an extensive renovation. Rachel Strauss ‘20 is one of those people. “Some houses really shouldn’t have been torn down but there were some that needed to go. For those houses, I don’t really care about them being demolished. That is actually good because it is nice seeing [East Grand Rapids] improve and be redeveloped,” Strauss said.

As the “bath house” met its fate in early April, many around the city are disappointed with the demolition of history, and many are uneasily wondering which house may be demolished next.

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