Genesee County Parks awarded Brownfield Grant for Chevy Commons Redevelopment

Agency: Environmental Quality

July 23, 2018

Contact: 
Janet Michaluk, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, michalukj@michigan.gov, 989-643-0314
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer, BrownT22@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716

LANSING, MI.  Once a blighted property in the City of Flint, Chevy Commons is being returned to productive use with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The MDEQ has awarded a $315,000 grant to Genesee County Parks to address environmental conditions, allowing for the safe reuse of the former Chevy in the Hole property located on North Chevrolet Avenue.

The MDEQ has partnered with Genessee County on remediation efforts to turn this former industrial site into Chevy Commons, a community recreation space. The transformation at Chevy Commons is already underway due to approximately $3,000,000 in other MDEQ funding, other state and federal grants, and more than $1,200,000 in private investment. The project has been a catalyst for private investment, increased property values, business growth and job creation at nearby properties.

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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