Plan to redevelop old Allied Paper site

A meeting to discuss plans for the old Allied Paper site in Kalamazoo. (Feb. 26, 2015)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo residents voiced their opinions on the redevelopment of a toxic paper mill site.

The old Allied Paper mill site in Kalamazoo. (May 27, 2014)
(The old Allied Paper mill site in Kalamazoo.)

A public meeting about a plan from the Environmental Protection Agency to redevelop the old Allied Paper Mill site, where hazardous waste was dumped for decades, was held Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The plan is to consolidate the PCB-contaminated soil into a hill and cap it. The plan also includes redeveloping 20 acres for a recreational space.

“We’ve been working really hard with the city and state to come up with a redevelopment plan, both in terms of its long-term remedy and the city valuing the redevelopment possibilities out there,” EPA Remedial Project Manager Michael Berkoff explained.

Thursday, residents expressed worries that the site may still not be safe enough for the public after the redevelopment.

More meetings are planned for spring before the plan is finalized.

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