Detroit Brownfield Authority awarded $1 million EGLE Grant

 

For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2019

For More Information:
Michelle Bakun, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, BakunM@Michigan.gov, 586-233-3408
Jill A. Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

Detroit Brownfield Authority awarded $1 million EGLE Grant

The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was awarded a $1 million grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The grant will help revitalize and safely reuse 200 acres on Detroit’s east side. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will expand its Mack Engine Plant and Jefferson North Assembly Plant to increase production of Jeeps. The $1.2 billion redevelopment will create 5,000 new jobs.

Dozens of properties in the 200-acre development area were contaminated by businesses like machine shops, a scrap yard, and a foundry. The brownfield grant will be used for environmental investigations; to remove contaminated soil, underground storage tanks and asbestos; and to install barriers and a ventilation system to prevent exposure to harmful vapors in the soil. The EGLE grant may pay for demolition of vacant buildings so contamination beneath them can be addressed. The grant will be increased to $2 million if the brownfield authority meets project benchmarks.

EGLE partners with communities to protect public health and the environment, and to 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, 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 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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