Marquette County Land Bank awarded Brownfield Grant to redevelop Ishpeming site

Agency: Environmental Quality

June 21, 2018

Contact: 
Ryan Londrigan, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, londriganr@michigan.gov, 989-891-6072
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer, BrownT22@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716

Ishpeming, Mich. A contaminated former gasoline filling station in Ishpeming will be returned to productive use with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). A $200,000 grant was awarded to the Marquette County Land Bank Authority to address environmental conditions, allowing for the safe reuse of the former service garage/filling station at 1400 N. 3rd Street.

The MDEQ and Land Bank Authority have partnered with a local developer, Gauthier Enterprises, LLC to redevelop the blighted property into a coffee shop and bakery. The brownfield grant will be used to assess and mitigate environmental contamination, demolish the existing building and remove abandoned underground storage tanks. Gauthier Enterprises will construct a new building for occupancy by Restoration Bakery and a coffee shop, which will create up to four full time and 10 part time jobs. The state equalized value of the property is expected to increase from the current $14,400 to $175,000 following redevelopment.

The redevelopment will help revitalize the 3rd Street commercial corridor following the 2016 construction of a roundabout on US Highway 41 by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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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