Rep. Haadsma Secures Funding to Help Demolish Former Union Steel Building

$250,000 for project included in supplemental budget bills passed by House and Senate
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Steel building in Albion. The money was included in supplemental spending bills passed by the Michigan House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“This building isn’t just an eyesore, the structural integrity poses an increasingly significant safety risk to those in the surrounding area as it continues to degrade,” said Haadsma. “The people of Albion, especially those in the neighborhood near the foundry, have been waiting for this for a long time and I’m pleased to see it finally getting done.”

Pitsch Companies Inc. has been preparing the site for demolition this week. Demolition of the dilapidated building, which has been vacant for more than two decades, will be completed in June.

“I can’t begin to thank Rep. Jim Haadsma enough for working hard to secure funding for this important project,” said Krista Trout-Edwards, executive director of the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. “This project is truly a team effort thanks to Rep. Haadsma’s efforts and support from the city of Albion, Calhoun County Treasurer Brian Wensauer and the county board.”

“I want to thank Rep. Jim Haadsma, legislative leaders in both the House and Senate and the governor for working together to secure funding for this critical project,” said Brian Wensauer, Calhoun County treasurer and chairman of the Calhoun County Land Bank Board of Directors. “Demolition of the former Union Steel building, which has been a magnet for crime and a threat to public safety for many years, will begin an exciting new chapter for the city of Albion and its residents.”

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