What's Happening at Mirro?
Why are those "short walls" still up, and will they be taken down?
These "walls" are foundation elements that must be kept in place for the time being. They are part of the site “cap” to reduce the amount of rain water that soaks into the soil beneath. Until we get clearance on any potential soil contamination, we will need to have a cap in place.
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
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.