The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award a grant to help clean up the former psychiatric hospital on Seven Mile Road, EPA chief Lisa Jackson announced today in Lansing.
"The target site operated as a psychiatric hospital from the late 1940s until 2003, when it closed. The buildings and soil are contaminated with inorganic materials and heavy metals," according to an EPA press release.
The township announced last year that it would begin a redevelopment plan for the 334-acre property. Currently, the township is working with Stantec, an engineering and planning firm, to develop a master plan for the property. A community workshop is scheduled for June 9 at the township offices from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for community members to offer input.
The Brownfields 2011 Cleanup Grant awards total $76 million. They will be used in 40 states, $2.9 million of which will be used in Michigan communities.