Huron County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority awarded MDEQ Grant

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2019

Contact:
Ryan Londrigan, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, LondriganR@michigan.gov,  989-891-6072
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH.  A vacant, contaminated property in Sebewaing will be reused with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).  A MDEQ grant awarded to the Huron County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will pay for environmental costs to build new assisted living housing on the former Lapeer Metal Stamping property in downtown Sebewaing.

The MDEQ is spending $1.5 million to demolish the last manufacturing building at Lapeer Metal Stamping and to remove the most highly-contaminated soil.  The $286,043 MDEQ brownfield redevelopment grant will pay for more contaminated soil removal and demolition of old building foundations. Manufacturing at the property from the 1940s until 2010 probably caused the contamination. 

A local developer will invest $2.5 million to build assisted living housing on a portion of the 6.6-acre site. The assisted living center will create up to 17 new jobs. Huron County and the village of Sebewaing expect that the rest of the property will be redeveloped with commercial and retail space.

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 $33 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.