The much-celebrated plans to build a large, digital movie theater at the former K-Mart building on the southeast corner of Maple Road and Livernois became a little clearer this week.
The MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16, which was announced in May and estimated at $16 million to build, is eligible for almost a half-million dollars in remediation costs from the city, according to documents included in Monday night's meeting agenda.
Brownfields are associated with property that had been previously used for an industrial purpose. On Aug. 27, the city's brownfield redevelopment authority unanimously voted to recommend that city council reimburse the developers $498,079 to clean the site up.
Environmental concerns associated with the property included past automotive service operations which had been conducted there. As part of the demolition process, developers will remove mercury vapor lighting and asbestos insulation.
MJR will also host a groundbreaking event on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.
"The City of Troy is so proud to partner with MJR in transforming the Maple Road-Livernois corner into a first class entertainment destination," Mayor Dane Slater said in a press release issued by the company. "MJR is an outstanding Michigan owned and operated company bringing quality entertainment to our community."