Bay City Riverfront Featured in New Video

Contact: Susan Wenzlick, Brownfield Redevelopment Coordinator, wenzlicks@michigan.gov, 231-876-4422
Agency: Environmental Quality

May 31, 2017

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) released the third in a series of videos showcasing its brownfield redevelopment projects. Brownfields are properties that are known or believed to be contaminated. MDEQ helps communities clean up and safely reuse brownfields with financial incentives and technical assistance.
 
The newest video, available at www.youtube.com/michigandeq, highlights the long process of transformation from the blighted remains of Industrial Brownhoist, once a major manufacturing employer in Bay City, to a vibrant mixed-use riverfront destination. The city looked for years to find the right development project for this highly-visible, 43-acre downtown site. Now it’s a collection of restaurants, shops, professional offices, and homes on Bay City’s beautiful riverfront. The project was a success, in part, thanks to the MDEQ’s investment of brownfield grants, loans, and tax increment financing.
 
“Brownfield projects by their very nature are not like building in cornfields. They’re not overnight successes,” said Steve Black, Bay City’s assistant city manager during the project. “The DEQ and EPA were critical early partners, patient partners, which helped us do some of the early work in order to get the site ready.”
 
Each video in the series will feature a different brownfield redevelopment which has transformed communities, created neighborhood destinations, or resulted in recreational opportunities. Other recent videos feature the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and Traverse City’s Grand Traverse Commons.
 
Please visit www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields for more information about the project.

 

Additional contact: Melody Kindraka, MDEQ Public Information Officer, kindrakam1@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716