Douglas J brownfield redevelopment: approved

By Merinda Valley
Meridian Times staff writer

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners has approved the Douglas J brownfield redevelopment project for the property in downtown Okemos. The Douglas J salon is now eligible for reimbursement of up to $328,900 to clean up contaminants in the site’s soil and buildings, and demolish the former Travelers Club, Triple Goddess Bookstore and White Bros. Music. The Ingham County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will fund the project through a local tax capture that is projected to begin in 2014 and end in 2017. Following the cleanup, construction of Douglas J’s new salon, and office, residential and retail space will begin.

Township board discusses how much contamination is too much

By Merinda Valley
Meridian Times staff writer

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — Contamination levels on the Douglas J Salon and Day Spa development site were a point of contention for several trustees at the Meridian Township board meeting Feb. 5. The Township Board questioned representatives of the Ingham County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Triterra, the company that assisted the county in preparing the brownfield proposal on behalf of Douglas J.

“I do not personally see this as a highly contaminated site,” Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus said. “I see one boring location and that wasn’t on the site where the Travelers Club is located or where the Triple Goddess building is, it’s actually located on the vacant land.”

A diagram included in the brownfield plan showed that of 32 bore holes drilled to test the soil only one was contaminated. “Eleven parts per million is the level of contamination,” said Trustee John Veenstra.