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Lansing brownfield site ready for redevelopment with help from EGLE

Kent Cleaners brownfield site in Lansing, showing stabilizer being mixed into the soil contamination.

The site of a former dry cleaner and metals shop is ready for redevelopment in a Lansing neighborhood after a cleanup conducted with approximately $2.5 million from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). 

The former Kent Cleaners site was a dry cleaner located in a residential neighborhood south of downtown Lansing that operated from 1958 until 2010.  

Besides a dry cleaner, the site hosted a metals product shop and a door sash seller. Legacy uses and historic waste management practices at the businesses left soil and groundwater at the property contaminated with chlorinated compounds, specifically, tetrachloroethylene (PERC). Vapors from the soil and groundwater contamination had migrated off-site into the surrounding neighborhood. 

EGLE provided the funding needed to demolish the buildings and to excavate and dispose of approximately 2,500 cubic yards of the most contaminated soils. An additional 12,500 cubic yards of soil was treated with a cement-like mixture designed to degrade contaminants and keep them from moving off the property.

These activities were completed in October, and the site is now ready for redevelopment. 


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