The condominium development planned for Monroe Street in Saline moved one step closer to fruition this week.
The Saline Planning Commission approved the application by Lewis-Klein Properties for the final site plan to develop Curtiss Park Bluffs, which will feature 17 new condominiums at 218 Monroe Street, at its June 22 meeting. The next step will be for the city attorney to draft the development agreement, which will require a review by city council.
“Marl Lewis, Klein Properties has an outstanding reputation. I think what they proposed is a good fit for this parcel, within close proximity to downtown, which I think is important and will be appealing to a great many people,” Mayor Brian Marl said. “This will be a good addition to the community and a good fit for that neighborhood.”
The property does have environmental issues as there is some contaminated soil along the south boundary line, which will be removed during the on going environmental clean up by Johnson Controls at 232 Monroe Street, which is the former site of the Hoover Universal die cast parts manufacturing plant.
“We did enter into discussions with Johnson Controls, and it turned out they’ve agreed to remediate that small piece of contaminated soil on the property as part of their overall cleanup obligations that they are currently engaged in,” said Mark Lewis of Lewis-Klein Properties. “They understood it was there obligation, and they took care of it.”
The clean up at the proposed condominium site will involve removing the contaminated soil and replacing it with clean fill. This work will likely be completed by Johnson Controls over the next 60 days.
“While there is significant work that still needs to be done to remediate the former Hoover Universal die cast site on Monroe Street, we as a community, and Johnson Controls in particular, has made more progress in the last year and half than has been made in the last ten,” Marl said. “There is much work to be done, but we’re headed in the right direction, and that too is very positive.”