Chippewa County awarded brownfield grant for Former Kincheloe Air Force Base

Agency: Environmental Quality

August 2, 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

LANSING, MI. A $45,000 brownfield redevelopment grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will help the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) find new uses for vacant buildings at the Chippewa County International Airport (the former Kincheloe Air Force Base) in Kincheloe.

The brownfield grant will help the Chippewa County EDC evaluate underutilized buildings on the property and determine environmental cleanup and asbestos abatement needs for future development.

The Kincheloe Air Force Base was created by the United States Air Force for national air defense operations in the early 1940s and closed in the late 1970s. The Chippewa County EDC has owned the property since that time.

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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