On September 7, 2010, City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved the purchase of a “passive park” — an abandoned gas station — near the intersection of Utica Road and Van Dyke. The .43 acre parcel was owned by Speedway Corporation, and has lingering environmental issues resulting in a need for over $180,000 worth of clean-up efforts in addition to the purchase cost of the property — all told the cost will be $440,518.65. This of course neglects on-going maintenance of the parcel such as lawn mowing and refuse collection.
But don’t worry, folks, the money’s coming from Uncle Sam in the form of a grant.
I don’t know about anyone else, but my thoughts are this: Speedway contaminated the site. Speedway should pay for the clean-up, not the taxpayers. Besides that, a .43 acre parcel is barely larger than my own yard combined with the guy’s next door. It isn’t a park, it’s a boondoggle.