Officials abandoning township offices built on landfill
BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Governmental offices built years ago atop a landfill in central Michigan are being abandoned.
The building in Bridgeport Township was constructed about 35 years ago and closed in April after workers complained of nausea and being lightheaded.
Environmental studies later showed methane gas from decomposing organic matter was seeping inside. Soil beneath the building also is shifting as the matter decomposes.
Officials have decided to shift operations from the building after learning short-term costs that include sealing it from the methane, adding ventilation and shoring up its foundation could top $600,000.
Most employees relocated to a public works building and are expected to move to temporary offices at a former church as officials consider long-term options.
Bridgeport Township is about 95 miles (153 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.