The city of Detroit’s Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department has instituted a new policy for conducting inspections after another company was recently found to be operating without a permit while storing gravel-making material.
Detroit Marine Terminal was found to be in violation during an investigation by the Local 4 Defenders. The discovery comes not long after Detroit Bulk Storage was found in violation after part of its dock collapsed into the river.
“This incident has brought to our attention the fact that we need to step up our property maintenance inspections on parcels along the river, due to the potential impact they have on our environment,” city Director of Building Safety and Environmental Engineering David Bell said in a statement. “This lot has not been permitted for the current use and had not been prioritized for property maintenance inspections over the past several years. We now have a new process in place to conduct regular inspections of every riverfront parcel once a year.”
Detroit Marine Terminal has now been fined $3,500 for operating without a permit and Bell said all similar complaints are now being investigated.
“Since the collapse at the Bulk Storage parcel, we have inspected more than 50 riverfront properties and will continue until each one has been inspected,” he added.