LANSING – One of Lansing’s newer holiday traditions isn’t coming back this year.
The sculpture of giant Christmas tree ornaments that decorated the traffic roundabout at Michigan Avenue and Washington Square over the past decade was damaged last December in what police described as a hit-and-run crash.
On Tuesday, a city official revealed that the sculpture is gone for good.
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the balls were damaged by a car last year and will not be repaired,” Deputy Mayor Samantha Harkins tweeted. “We are looking at alternatives, but unfortunately the Christmas bulbs are gone.”
The cluster of four red holiday ornaments had gone up every year since 2009, not long after the roundabout went in at the heart of downtown.
In late December, a passing car cracked one of the ornaments in half, with the broken-off section coming to rest in the middle of the roundabout.
The sculpture was owned by Downtown Lansing Inc., which decided over the summer not to repair it, Harkins said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
“They determined that it would cost more to repair then it originally cost (to build),” she said.
There have been discussions about replacing the sculpture with something else, but no decisions have been made, Harkins said.
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