By Nourhan Dakroury
Lansing Township News staff writer
New contamination has been discovered in a former General Motors plant in Lansing Township.
The township board of trustees listened to updates on the environmental investigations on the two plants in the township in a meeting on Tuesday.
New samples from plant three at 2800 W Saginaw St., have shown 1,4 dioxane, a chemical used in cleaning solutions, near an area containing groundwater, said Grant Trigger, cleanup manager for former General Motors’ plants in Michigan.
Additional investigation has to be done on the site, which could delay dealing with the environmental issues in the plant and its development.
RACER Trust, the company responsible for redeveloping and marketing former GM plants, is open to negotiations about any potential development of them.
“We are cleaning up the properties to meet industrial standards,” said Patricia Spitzley, deputy redevelopment manager at the trust. “Our job is to actively market the site and if someone is interested in the site we help them find a piece in the site.”
In other action, the board also approved the final development plan of the Walmart near Eastwood Towne Center.
The store is expanding approximately 35,000 square feet.
That includes a bigger grocery area and a pharmacy drive-thru, said Robert Matko, who is an engineer at Civil Engineers, Architects and Surveyors, Inc., the company in charge of the construction.
It is unclear when the construction will begin.
“There are still other entities that we will have to go through,” Matko said. “For now, we just have the development plan approved.”
Also taking place in the Eastwood area is the construction of the Hyatt Place Hotel in the Heights at Eastwood, which started Friday. The board approved the last agreement between the township and the Hyatt Place Hotel developer at the meeting.
“The agreement outlines how the township is to be compensated for the land used by the hotel,” said Matt Brinkley, senior planner at Lansing Township.
The agreement gives the township 8 percent of the yearly gross revenue of the hotel, Brinkley said.
Also on the construction side, the township should be getting some more sidewalks soon.
Greg Krach, a Lansing Township resident, commented at the start of the meeting about the lack of sidewalks on Michigan Avenue and Saginaw Street, which causes danger for school children in the area.
Supervisor Kathy Rodgers announced that by 2014 sidewalks would be added to Michigan Avenue.
The sidewalks will be added under the Transportation Improvement Program of Ingham County, which will also take charge of resurfacing the roads in the Township, Brinkley said.