Preparations for demolition are set to begin later in November, and include an asbestos cleanup process. The report says the township has owned a large portion of the hospital property since 2009, when township voters approved a special tax to buy it for recreational purposes for $23.5 million.
A developer owns 80 acres of the 350-acre site, which has been turned into the Northville Park Place commercial center and the University of Michigan’s Northville Health Center. The report says 40 acres remain undeveloped.
The hospital complex’s power plant and maintenance building and another building were demolished in 2013 at a total cost of $920,000. The report says that work also included some asbestos cleanup and hazardous waste removal.
The township is using money from a multipart deal that led to the current development of the former Robert Scott Correctional Facility property to fund the demolition, the report says. The township bought the prison for $1 with the agreement that it would be used for public purposes. It was torn down and exchanged for the scrap value of its metals, and the property was sold to developer Redico, Southfield, Michigan, for $8.5 million. The township kept $5.1 million from the deal, and the state kept $3.4 million.
Supervisor Bob Nix II had to get state officials to waive the requirement that the hospital land would be used for public purposes by agreement to split the sale proceeds with the state, the report says. The split means the township will also have to help clean up the property.
Scrappers and trespassers frequent the hospital site, the report says. In mid-October 2017, more than 400 people have been arrested on the site or cited for trespassing. Nix says in the report that the trespassers spread asbestos from tiles, tile adhesive and pipe insulation across the site.
Demolition will require encapsulation as asbestos is removed from the site and cleaned up, the report says. Nix says in the report that 80 percent of the project costs will be related to asbestos cleanup.