RACER Trust Talks Clean-Up, Redevelopment at Meeting Over GM Site

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

When it comes to the 243 acres of concrete that straddles the western border of Lansing and Lansing Township, those who live nearby have experienced it all.

"It's kind of been the good, the bad and the ugly," said Jerri Flynn, who's lived near the site for 20 years. "Right now, it's ugly."

Since the GM plants that once stood on the site were torn down in 2006, Flynn says the properties have been an eyesore for her neighborhood. For the last couple of years, the organization RACER Trust has focused on cleaning up the site, removing old slabs of concrete, as well as detecting and removing areas of contamination.

The clean-up was the focus of RACER Trust's meeting, Thursday night, with the land's adjacent neighborhoods.

"We want to keep them informed about what's going on with the trust," said Patricia Spitzley, the Deputy Redevelopment Director for RACER Trust.

But while the contamination clean-up is on-going, concrete removal is nearly complete, good news for neighborhoods, who want to see the land redeveloped.

Spitzley says she's had around ten inquiries about the property, but with nothing serious in the works, she's all ears.

"If they came to us today and said they were interested in the property, we would definitely talk to them," she said.

RACER Trust said the land can be developed at once or broken up into parcels, as long as an agreement is made for clean-up to continue. The next community meeting is expected to take place in September or October.

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