City of Plymouth Brownfield Redevelopment Authority awarded $1 million EGLE Grant

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2019
Dan Gough, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, GoughD1@Michigan.gov, 517-281-8253
Jill A. Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

A contaminated property in Plymouth will be redeveloped as a residential townhome community with the help of a $1 million grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The Plymouth Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was awarded the Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely reuse the site of a former manufacturing facility at 100 South Mill Street.

Manufacturing left the site contaminated with lead and chemicals that could release harmful vapors. The brownfield grant will be used to remove contaminated soil; install barriers and a ventilation system to prevent exposure to vapors that could be left in soil or groundwater; and line stormwater detention ponds to prevent contamination from spreading. The city of Plymouth will use a brownfield plan to help pay for other environmental costs.

When the site is safe for residential use, the developer will construct 76 new townhomes. The $20 million redevelopment will restore the long-blighted property to productive reuse, and will enhance the connectivity of the downtown corridor with walking and biking paths, including access to Hines Drive.

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

More than half of EGLE’s budget each year flows into Michigan communities in grants, loans and other spending that supports local projects, protects public health and the environment; the funding also creates economic growth and jobs for Michigan workers.

Partnerships between EGLE and communities have created more than $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each brownfield grant and loan dollar invested by EGLE in 2018 to protect residents and the environment is expected to return an average of $42 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 Michigan.gov/EGLEBrownfields.

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