'Chevy in the hole' remediation
Tue, 03 Nov 2009 18:51:40 GMT —
It's been vacant for several years, but now an old General Motors site will get some new life.
That life will come in the form of several feet of soil covering over concrete slabs, turning a brown field into a green field.
The site is commonly known as "Chevy in the hole."
It's the site that borders Kettering University.
It once contained 20 buildings and 8 production and assembly factories, but those days are long gone even though the site is still here.
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says, "We are going to take this old, abandoned site and we're going to turn it into a beautiful green corridor right through the City of Flint."
To do that, city leaders say they'll dump 10-feet of leaves, yard waste, and compost on the site to cover the concrete.
They say, it'll save money and help protect the environment.
Steve Montle, Green Cities Coordinator says, "We currently spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000 to have our compost taken away and then we spend an additional $400,000 to buy amended soil to come back into the community."
Both of those expenses will be slashed with the recycling program.
The project will also help keep silt and other debris from entering the flint river from the site.
Rebecca Fedewa of the Flint River Watershed Coalition says, "This is a great step forward for the city and the river. This is going to be a long-term solution."
The Army Corps of Engineers will spend a year planning and determining the cost of repair.
It's estimated at $14-million.
The Army Corps will pickup 75% of the bill.
Flint will pay the remaining balance.
The project should take 4-years to complete.