Jerome Bettis en Detroit plans clean up, development for former Uniroyal site <pre> Detroit officials have announced a $20 million effort to <a href="|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE">clean up one of the city&rsquo;s most notorious pieces of vacant land.</a> </pre> <pre> They say it&#39;s only phase 1 of a plan to clean up the site on Detroit&rsquo;s east riverfront that once housed a Uniroyal tire factory, and other heavy industry that contaminated the land. </pre> <pre> For years, those industries fought with the city and amongst themsel Fri, 02 Sep 2011 22:28:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4024 at Detroit plans clean up, development for former Uniroyal site Ex-NFL star Bettis: Detroit project back on track <p>DETROIT (AP) - A plan by former NFL star Jerome Bettis to build high-end condos and retail on a 43-acre industrial site along Detroit&#39;s riverfront is moving forward with the start of soil cleanup.</p><p>Bettis and Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday that companies that once operated on the site are removing contaminated soil, which stalled redevelopment plans.</p><p>The $20 million first-phase cleanup of a third of the site is expected to take 18 months. Negotiations continue for the remaining cleanup of ammonia, iron, and coal byproducts.</p><p>Bettis says he and his partner are the site&#39;s developers. He says his project is seven years in the making and is expected to help revitalize Detroit&#39;s riverfront.</p><p>Bettis starred at Detroit&#39;s Mackenzie High School, and played professionally for the Rams and the Steelers. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:32:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4014 at