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Removal Of Contaminated Tank Brings Former Pontiac Elementary Closer To Revival Into Community Center

(CBS DETROIT) - The redevelopment of the former Webster Elementary School continues to move forward as a contaminated 20,000-gallon underground tank was removed, according to Oakland County officials.

Contaminated tank removed from the former Webster Elementary School | Credit: Oakland County

The tank, which was used to store fuel oil, was removed from the ground by a crane operator.

Last year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy awarded Oakland County a $425,000 grant to clean up the site.

"Without these grants, many of these sites would continue to be an eyesore in our communities," Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said. "So, we're really looking forward to future collaborations and partnerships with cities throughout Oakland County and the Webster Community Center to help ensure the success of our towns and neighborhoods."

In addition to this, Micah 6 Community, a Pontiac-based non-profit, is investing $21 million to turn the former elementary school into a community center.

The Webster Community Center will have social and recreational services, which includes six Head Start classrooms, a food co-op, art classes and therapy, performing arts programs, a WIC (Women, Infants, Children) office, a walk-in clinic, a small business incubator, and community event rooms.

Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, Honor Community Health, SMART, Rochester University, Art Experience, Pontiac Community Foundation, Oakland County Sheriff PAL, Sprout Fresh Food Store, Kaleo Kids, Accent Pontiac, and Pontiac Theatre IV, will be tenants.

Michah 6 Community says residents can expect to see the completion of the community center in Dec. 2023.

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