An old South City structure on the National Register of Historic Places
just got a little federal love. The company in possession of the Coca-Cola Syrup Plant has snagged $1.2 million in remediation tax credits through the Brownfield Redevelopment Program, according to a state press release
The building has asbestos and lead-based paint in it, which is what makes it a "Brownfield." Brownfield is an EPA program
that offers incentives to clean up joints like the old plant, which, in theory, kills two birds with one stone: developers don't clamor as much for unused land, and the environment improves at the same time.
The building sits at 8125 Michigan
, where the neighborhoods of Carondelet
and The Patch
meet. It was built between 1919 and 1939. Roger Maserang
, historian at the State Historic Preservation Office
, said that the plant landed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places
Right now, it's about two-thirds empty, with the rest being used for storage. Redevelopment plans call for turning the structure into a mixed-use development of ground floor commercial space and condominium units.