ASI ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES is initiating work on the southwest corner of Main and Gould streets where there are plans to build a Qdoba Restaurant, according to the city of Owosso website. Work was predicted to begin on Monday, July 25. “Their work involves deep excavation that will require them to install tall shoring around the work site. Remedial excavation and soil replacement will proceed soon thereafter and continue through mid-September,” is stated in the city of Owosso news release. Apparently, Qdoba Restaurant has contracted PM Environmental Inc. to make sure the work meets all governmental requirements.
A more than $1 million clean-up of contamination by petroleum products from when the corner held a gasoline station many years ago, along with dry cleaning solvent clean-up from when it was more recently the home to Eastside Cleaners, has somewhat delayed construction of the restaurant which had initially been proposed to be completed in June 2016.
As of Oct. of 2015, the contamination clean-up was primarily coming from an $850,000 state grant in conjunction with a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) loan of $292,963 to be reimbursed with Brownfield recapture; Brownfield referring to any former commercial site affected by possible environmental contamination. An MDEQ Brownfield Redevelopment Grant of $249,000 was also discussed at an Oct. 2015 Owosso City Council meeting. The entire site is now fenced off to protect the public.
Qdoba is a chain of casual dining restaurants serving primarily Mexican-style cuisine. The former Eastside Cleaners and three houses to the west have already been demolished in preparation for this new business. (Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)