Three of four former General Motors sites have reportedly been earmarked for contamination in ground water and soil levels, according to The Lansing State Journal. However, those concerns aren’t holding back redevelopment efforts.
The report states the three properties, in Delta Township, Lansing Township and Lansing, remain on the market, but will be watched carefully regarding the contamination. Originally, an unnamed developer was to purchase all 260 acres for an auto supplier business park, but the deal ultimately fell through.
“We’re sort of in a lull of auto suppliers,” Bob Trezise, president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, said. “There could be another wave a couple years down the road when announcements are made about what new product (at the Delta plant). Hopefully, that could generate another, newer wave of suppliers.”
The goal is to utilize the area as an auto supplier haven ideally after GM announces its latest product investment in the Lansing area. GM completed a $583 million investment in the plants this past June.
Despite the contamination at the sites, official agencies stated there should be no issues with cleaning and redeveloping the land. There is no off-site soil contamination, and drinking water has not been affected. However, a layer of ground water would likely have to be pumped out to fall in line over state regulations.