Mr. Kellogg, owner of the elevator properties (and I believe also the owner of the Sweet Line RR) has been at odds with the city to remove the structures. They have been idle for two decades and have been falling badly into disrepair.
Kellogg and the City came to an agreement in 2013 to either repair or remove the buildings. Demolition commenced on at least the buildings in the photo but stalled by 2015. The city has filed a lawsuit. Kellogg has until March 23rd to obtain permits from the MI DEQ to "commence tearing down portions of the buildings".
There are apparently unpaid taxes on at least one of the three parcels involved. The county foreclosed on a property at 807 N. Division St. Kellog has until March 31st to pay the 2014 taxes.
Quoted from the paper: "Kellogg ... has previously stated that he has ambitions for the properties to be utilized for new industry, using an existing but closed railway that runs from Carson City to Ashley in Gratiot County."
That would be the Sweet Line, which is still active as far as Middleton. I don't know if Kellogg meant to utilize the existing buildings or raise them and repurpose the property. That would be "Sweet" but I'm not holding out much hope.
I did a little digging. Central Bean and Grain, owned by the Kellogg family, also owns the remains of the elevator in Vickeryville, a few miles east.
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