Redevelopment projects get funding for affected areas by cleaning up contaminated sites in Detroit

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  • The Cadillac Seal Factory on Detroit’s East Side was demolished this summer.

The state of Michigan announced Friday that it will award $3.6 million in grants to redevelop four polluted and abandoned industrial sites in Detroit.

Plans include a large, multi-tenant industrial facility at the former Cadillac Seal plant, renovation of damaged buildings on the east side of the city for apartments, a restaurant, retail stores, a gallery, and the creation of a new park along the Detroit River.

Brownfield grants are used to clean up abandoned properties where redevelopment is complicated by toxic pollution.

“A century of industrial and commercial operations at Cadillac Stamping properties have left a legacy of pollution,” said Lisle Clark, director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), which provided the grants, while visiting the site. week. “Investing in this project, and the redevelopment of the structural fields, ensures that we all have a healthy environment. It also supports the vibrant economy in Detroit and beyond.”

Construction began this week on the M3 Trade Center, a 684,000-square-foot industrial building on the site of the former Cadillac Seal plant, which was demolished this summer, at 9501 Conner. Lear Corp plans to use the building to create seating for GM’s Factory Zero Assembly in Detroit/Hamtramck and hire 400 new employees.

The building was contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile substances, PCBs, cyanide, and select metals. The $1 million grant will be used to design and install a steam dilution system and rainwater trapping pond liners.

Another $1 million grant will help decontaminate 7303 W. McNichols to redevelop a former gas station and two adjacent abandoned buildings. Developers are constructing a 38,000-square-foot building that will house 38 residential units and four commercial units.

The site is contaminated with petroleum-related compounds and asbestos.

Construction is due to begin this fall and is due to be completed in the summer of 2023.

EGLE has awarded a $1 million grant to help tackle pollution at a riverside property just west of downtown, as the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is building a 22-acre urban green space that will include a water park, playground, sports house and expansive lawn for special events. events, and a central park offering food and drinks.

The property has been the site of several industrial operations, including a newspaper printing and distribution facility for Detroit Free PressFrom the mid-1880s until 1977. The soil and sediments are polluted.

Another redevelopment at 7891 and 7903 E. Jefferson, where new condominiums and commercial spaces are being built. The project includes the renovation of two historic residences, including the White Building/Aniwa Club, which served as Prohibition era talks from 1929 to 1931.

Two adjacent commercial lines will also be renovated, and a parking building will be demolished.

The redevelopment will make way for three commercial units for retail, restaurant and showroom uses and 36 residential units.

A $600,000 grant will fund cleaning up gasoline from a leaky underground tank.

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