City of Mt. Pleasant Home

Demolition work on Mt. Pleasant Center property scheduled to begin November 18

centerNovember 14, 2013 - Hazardous material abatement and demolition will soon begin on the former Mt. Pleasant Regional Center as the City of Mt. Pleasant takes yet another step in getting the land ready for future redevelopment.

During this phase of the project, the two buildings closest to Pickard Street, as well as the water tower, will be removed. The structures include the hospital/administration building, as well as one of the resident buildings. Prior to the actual demolition, extensive abatement work is required to remove asbestos contamination inside the buildings.

“The beginning of demolition is a very important step in this project,” said City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. “The research we’ve conducted told us these buildings need to be removed for this property to be attractive to potential developers.”

Abatement is scheduled to begin November 18. The removal of contaminants and clearance of buildings will continue through early 2014. This work will be performed by Melching, Inc. of Nunica, Mich.

Those living near this property will not be subject to any environmental hazards as the result of this work nor should they be inconvenienced in any way.

The abatement process used for this project is highly regulated and only licensed, trained workers will be utilized to remove the asbestos. Extensive inspections and air monitoring will take place throughout the process. All materials removed from the buildings will be sealed in a leak tight container, labeled and disposed of at a licensed landfill. Dust creation is inherent to the demolition process; however, it will be controlled to prevent the creation of a hazard or nuisance in the surrounding area. More information on asbestos removal and dust control for this project can be found here.

For this demolition, the City will utilize a $800,000 grant from the Michigan Land Bank Authority and nearly $200,000 in low interest loan funds provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. A contribution of $420,000 from the City’s economic development funds also will be used.

This full reuse and redevelopment of this project is expected to take many years, if not decades. Continue to visit www.mt-pleasant.org/thecenter for regular updates on this project, including photos and video.

#####