By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK – Whether it’s windblown or dropped, the trash dominating the landscaping east of Independence Marketplace, near Outer Drive and the Southfield Freeway, is pervasive and ugly in an otherwise landscaped area.
Independence Marketplace, a Redico development, on the site of the former Veterans Administration Hospital, is below the better-known Fairlane Green, which is a Ford Motor Land Development Property.
Concerned Downriver residents cancelled a grassroots clean-up effort to pick up debris east of Leo’s Coney Island — which is not responsible for the litter — which was scheduled for March 30 due to rain, but hope to rally like-minded people through social media to clean up the area during an upcoming Saturday to remove trash in an area which the management company has allowed to accumulate with refuse.
One of the cleanup volunteers cleared the proposed volunteer plans with Police Chief James Wilkewicz, who reportedly was pleased with their initiative.
The area, which is otherwise landscaped, draws geese and ducks. It accumulates windborne trash, as well as litter from the nearby parking lot. The trash is on the ground among foliage and bushes, outside of the range normally addressed by mowing ground crews.
Allen Park Code Enforcement official Jac Desrosier told City Manager Mark Kibby and Community Development Director Dave Boomer by email March 27 that he spoke to Redico Property Manager Sean Valentino, who said the property up to the sidewalks, which border the retention basins, is Redico land.
Valentino told Desrosier on March 27 that he would have a crew take care of the mess. However, as of press time, the trash remained unaddressed, and there was no evidence of any cleanup begun in the area.
The city reserves the option of exercising code enforcement penalties if its concerns are not addressed in a timely manner by the property owners.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected].)