HISTORIC REHABILITATION - JACKSON PRISON
ASTI was engaged to conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Soil & Groundwater Investigation and to inspect Asbestos, Lead-Paint and Radon containing building materials in accordance with the EPAs project-specific Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). The prison on this 16-acre historic site once housed prisoners from the Civil War, including colorful inmates with names like Hannibal The Bear.
ASTIs site challenges were numerous, including 4 LUSTs, repository / paint shop 100 feet from prison wall, coal pile and sheds, storage and varnishing facility, oil room and filling stations.
Following ASTIs successful completion of its scope of work, a $12 million renovation of the original cell blocks and drill hall was undertaken to create apartments and an Artists Live-Work community known as Armory Arts Village. Successful partnerships were formed with the following project stakeholders; The Enterprise Group, the City and County of Jackson Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs, State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality and other public and private groups.
The City of Jackson's Armory Arts Village won the Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup which honors communities that push for change at the Michigan Municipal League's Annual Convention.
Phase II of this project will include additional apartments and retail space.