What's Happening at Mirro?

Mirro
In an effort to keep our community members as informed as possible, we've created a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and will provide updates as new information becomes available.

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What is happening with the buildings right now?

Currently, an environmental abatement contractor (Holian Environmental Cleaning) is removing hazardous materials from the buildings.  Various items containing materials such as asbestos and mercury are being removed from the interior of the buildings and properly disposed of.  One of the most visible elements of the abatement process is the removal of an asbestos-containing coating from the exterior of the north building.  This gray colored material coated much of the surface of the concrete building that fronts Franklin and 16th Streets and must be removed prior to demolition.  High-pressure water blasting is being used to remove that material, which is then collected for proper disposal.

Why is part of the building wrapped in plastic?

The plastic enclosure is being used to prevent hazardous material from leaving the site.  One of the most visible elements of the abatement process is the removal of an asbestos-containing coating from the exterior of the north building.  This gray colored material coated much of the surface of the building that fronts Franklin and 16th Streets and must be removed prior to demolition.  High-pressure water blasting is being used to remove that material, then it is collected for proper disposal.  The plastic enclosure is used to create a controlled environment for removal of the coating and to prevent any of the material from escaping during water blasting.

When will the building start coming down, and how long will it take?

The hazardous materials abatement must be completed prior to the start of structural demolition.  At this time, we anticipate the abatement to be completed by May 26.  The demolition contractor (Brandenburg) can then prepare the work site for its purposes.  The buildings will then be deconstructed starting in early June and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

Can I get a brick (or other materials) from the old building?


No.  Because the building was allowed by previous owners to be exposed to the elements, it is now severely deteriorated and weathered.  In addition to the risks posed by the asbestos that is being removed from the building, most of the building materials are affected by lead-based paint.  This includes bricks, steel, concrete and other surfaces.  The City is not releasing building materials to the public due to the potential risks to human health and the environment.

Under the City’s demolition contract, Brandenburg, the demolition contractor, is now the “owner” of all the building materials.  This will allow them to properly handle and dispose of the various materials in a way that minimizes the risk to the City and to community members.  Unfortunately, this means that no building materials will be made available to the public.  Due to the widespread use of lead-based paint in these buildings, most of the materials must be disposed of in a properly licensed landfill.  Any recyclable steel will be the property of Brandenburg, and any suitable material found to be relatively free of lead-based paint may be used to fill tunnels and other voids on the site.

Will there be any lane or street closures once the structural demolition starts?  If so, when?

Yes.  In order to create a safe zone around the perimeter of the site, street closures will be needed.  We do not have the specific street and lane closure schedule at this time.  However, the demolition contractor (Brandenburg), will provide a schedule in the near future and will work to minimize the length of time that each surrounding street is impacted.  However, our most important goal will be safety, which may result in some short-term inconvenience.  We ask for your patience.

Is there a place where I can view the demolition work?

Yes.  Please click here to watch a live feed of the site and demolition work.  Unfortunately, due to limited space in the surrounding area, and due to the danger of being near an active demolition site, the City is discouraging anyone from attempting to directly observe the demolition from the surrounding streets or adjacent properties.  In addition, please be mindful that the surrounding properties are privately owned.


Is it safe to enter the demolition site?

No.  Do not enter the security fence at any time, even when hazardous material abatement or demolition work is not taking place.  The buildings and site are not safe to access without the proper safety measures, and trespassing is strictly prohibited.  Portions of the remaining structures have failed, and there are many hazardous chemicals that have been spilled on the property over the decades of manufacturing that took place there.

What should I do if I see something suspicious?

Please call the Manitowoc Police Department non-emergency number at (920) 686-6500.  If you see an emergency situation, call 911.  The City appreciates the cooperation of the community in keeping the site safe and secure.

How is the history of Mirro company being preserved?

The Manitowoc County Historical Society has a collection related to Mirro Company history and artifacts.  They have recently photographed the building in its final state before demolition begins.  In addition to the video feed, the City will be collecting time lapse photography of the entire demolition project.

How much will the project cost, and how is it being paid for?

The current project which involves removal of the hazardous building materials, demolition of all structures down to grade, and disposal of all materials is expected to cost $3.3 million.  The funding sources for this project include:

  • $2.4 million in City funds
  • $400,000 in US Environmental Protection Agency funds
  • $500,000 in Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation funds
What are the future plans for this block?

Once the structural demolition is completed, further investigation is needed of the soil and groundwater conditions under the buildings.  Any contamination found will be addressed before development can take place.  Ultimately, the City plans to see the property redeveloped in beneficial ways.  This may include  two- to three-story mixed-use buildings with space for offices and apartments along Washington Street.  This may also include some green space and some parking on the central and north portions of the block.  Click here to view the Concept Plan.

How can I get more information?

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