Uniroyal site: RiverWalk East’s missing link

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John Gallagher of the Free Press has given an update on the Uniroyal site, the large brownfield between Mt. Elliot Park and the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle.

Detroit’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority this week approved agreements with three corporations for $15 million-$20 million to clean up the western half of the 40-acre site. Cleanup agreements also are expected soon for the eastern portion.

A cleanup of the old industrial site would allow the extension of the Detroit RiverWalk to the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle.

“This is a historic agreement for the City of Detroit,” [Mayor Dave Bing] said in a statement Friday. “The Uniroyal site has sat idle for decades. This puts us in a position to complete the RiverWalk and continue the transformation of the riverfront for future generations.”

This is great news, but this RiverWalk section won’ t be built tomorrow. The article says it will “likely to take a couple of years.”

We also mentioned previously Morgan and Wright, the world’s largest bicycle tire manufacturer relocated from Chicago to this Detroit site to make car tires. They eventually became part of Uniroyal.

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