Delhi Township awarded Brownfield Grant for Esker Square Redevelopment

Agency: Environmental Quality

June 13, 2018

Contact: 
Janet Michaluk, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, michalukj@michigan.gov, 517-643-0314
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer, BrownT22@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716

Lansing, MI.  Eight vacant, contaminated properties in Delhi Charter Township will be returned to productive use with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). A $249,000 grant was awarded to the Delhi Charter Township Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to protect public health and safety and revitalize the 2000 block of North Cedar Street.

The Gillespie Company and 2000 Cedar, LLC will construct two new three-story buildings with residential, retail and commercial space. The $13 million redevelopment will create 40 new jobs and 60 new residential units. The project area is part of the township’s Realize Cedar plan, focused on redevelopment of the Cedar Street corridor.

Some of the eight properties in the project area were contaminated by former businesses, including a gas station and an auto repair shop. Four parcels were contaminated by fill material. Delhi Charter Township has approved a brownfield plan to help pay for other environmental costs associated with the redevelopment.

The MDEQ partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize contaminated property. MDEQ grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and cleanup on brownfields.  Brownfields are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.

Partnerships between MDEQ and communities have created $4 billion in private investment and 29,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant and loan dollar invested by the MDEQ in 2017 to protect residents and the environment is expected to return an average of $32 to the state’s economy. When brownfields are redeveloped, property values increase both on the revitalized site and on other nearby properties. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.

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