Lead paint to be removed from Ivy Tower

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- The environmental cleanup of the former Studebaker assembly plant is ready to move into the next phase.

A $1.8 million contract for the removal of lead based paint was awarded today.

Lead based paint will be removed on all but the fifth and sixth floors of the ivy tower.

“Well Ivy Tower cleanup is going along very well, we've completed the removal of the asbestos in the building, we've completed the removal of the PCB's in the building although we're still doing some sampling of the ground under where the transformers are, and today the board of works awarded the contract for the removal of lead based paint,” said Ann Kolata, from the South Bend Community Investment Department.

The City of South Bend will pay a Kentucky based firm to do the job, which is designed to remove most but not all of the lead paint.

A private developer plans to turn the building, just south of Union Station, into a technology and data center.

The cleanup work should be completed by the end of this year.

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