Uniroyal Site - Detroit
A major remediation project is under way on a portion of a 43-acre site along the Detroit River at the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle. That site, commonly known as the Uniroyal site, was home to a number of industrial operations including tire manufacturing, ammonia production, iron production and manufactured gas production from coal. MichCon, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and Michelin North America are sharing responsibility for cleanup of a 14-acre portion of the site based on their historical operations at the location. Work on this $20 million project began in August, 2011 and should be complete in 2012.
The cleanup plan calls for removal and appropriate disposal of more than 400,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and restoration of the site with clean fill material. After the site is restored to grade, it will be planted with native plants, wildflowers, and grass, in preparation for potential development. The project also includes installation of a new seawall to allow for removal of contaminated soil along 750-feet of the Detroit River shoreline.
The clean-up and new seawall will allow for the continuation of the Riverwalk from Mt Elliot Park to the MacArthur Bridge connecting to Belle Isle. This final section will complete a 3 ½ mile Riverwalk along the Detroit River stretching from Joe Louis Arena to Bell Isle.