City of Cadillac awarded $1 Million MDEQ Grant and Loan

For Immediate Release:
April 3, 2019

Contact:
Julie Lowe, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, lowej2@michigan.gov, 989-619-0617
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH. A contaminated property in the city of Cadillac will be redeveloped with solar panels with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The city of Cadillac was awarded a $700,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant and a $300,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Loan to revitalize and safely reuse Mitchell Bentley, a former manufacturing property at 514 West Wright Street.

The Mitchell Bentley manufacturing plant burned during a 2013 fire, leaving 9,000 cubic yards of asbestos-containing debris on the property. The property is also contaminated with PCE, a solvent used in Mitchell Bentley’s manufacturing processes. The brownfield grant and loan will be used to remove the debris, demolish the remaining buildings, and dispose of contaminated soil.

Consumers Energy will invest $500,000 to install four acres of solar panels. The panels will provide green energy to the city of Cadillac’s municipal facilities and to nearby industrial park businesses. The city of Cadillac and the Cadillac Industrial Fund are marketing the remaining acreage to attract a new business.

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 over $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant and loan dollar invested by the MDEQ 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 www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.

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