Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing will add housing, small business with $850,000 EGLE grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 5, 2019
Janet Michaluk, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, MichalukJ@Michigan.gov,  517-643-0314
Jill Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

The Lansing Economic Development Corporation has been awarded an $850,000 Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to redevelop and safely reuse a contaminated property on East Kalamazoo Street. The Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) and the property around it, including a former dry cleaner and gasoline service station, will be revitalized with new housing, neighborhood center upgrades and space for small businesses.

The site soil is contaminated, likely by the dry cleaner, small engine repair and gasoline service station that occupied the property around the ANC. The brownfield grant will be used for investigation, to remove contaminated soil, and to install barriers and a ventilation system to prevent exposure to harmful vapors. The EGLE grant also will pay for demolition to prepare the site for redevelopment.

ANC will revitalize the neighborhood center and surrounding property with co-developer Cinnaire Solutions. The existing community center will be updated. Mixed-income housing, a small grocery store and space for other food-related businesses will be built alongside the ANC. The center’s program to support culinary start-up businesses will also expand. The $10.3 million redevelopment will create 15 new jobs, 29 new apartments and more than 15,000 square feet of new and renovated commercial space.

"I’m excited that this mixed-use development at the Allen Neighborhood Center is moving forward and I appreciate this grant from our state partners at EGLE. Lansing’s time is now, and this project will be a tremendous benefit for the eastside and all of Lansing,” Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said.

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; this supports local projects, protects public health and the environment, and 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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