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EGLE grant helps revitalize former Eloise Psychiatric Hospital
February 22, 2023
A $695,000 brownfield redevelopment grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will help the city of Westland and 30712 Michigan Ave LLC redevelop a contaminated site within the grounds of the former Eloise Psychiatric Hospital property.
Aerial view of the former Eloise Psychiatric Hospital complex in Westland.
The targeted 3-acre parcel is contaminated with petroleum-related compounds. The brownfield grant will eliminate a potential vapor source and prevent subsurface contamination from impacting one of the site’s historic structures.
From 1839 to 1982 the site was home to a large complex of structures including a psychiatric hospital, mental health facility and power plant, among others. Underground storage tanks existed on site and likely caused existing petroleum contamination.
The EGLE grant will be used to facilitate the excavation, transport and disposal of contaminated soil. The soil removal will serve to eliminate a potential vapor source and prevent harmful vapors from impacting one of the site’s historic structures.
The completed project will include the removal of several blighted structures, the preservation of two historic structures, and the addition of new commercial establishments, including a haunted attraction, hotel and restaurant-bar. It is anticipated that the $4 million redevelopment project will result in several benefits for the city of Westland and surrounding communities including the creation of 50 to 100 full time jobs, 75 to 100 seasonal jobs and a $2.5 million increase in the property’s taxable value.
- State Equalized Value increase from $687,100 to $3.2 million.
- $4 million in private investment.
- 50 to 100 new full-time jobs and 75 to 100 seasonal jobs.
- Contaminated soil will be removed and properly disposed of in a landfill.
- Unacceptable exposure to hazardous vapors will be prevented.