City of Portland awarded Brownfield Site Assessment Grant to redevelop former industrial grain mill site

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

April 26, 2018

Janet Michaluk, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator,, 517-643-0314
Tiffany Brown, DEQ Public Information Officer,, 517-284-6716

LANSING, MICH.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded a $12,000 assessment grant to the city of Portland to evaluate the environmental condition of a former industrial grain mill site and assist in the revitalization of this site, located at 401 East Grand River Avenue.

The brownfield grant will help determine whether past land uses resulted in environmental contamination and estimate cleanup needs and costs.  After the assessment, the city will evaluate redevelopment opportunities. One potential reuse is new parking in downtown Portland in conjunction with replacement and realignment of the adjacent Divine Highway Bridge.

"City Council and the City of Portland are committed to protecting our waterways and the environment,” said Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman.  “The MDEQ has been a great partner with these efforts and we thank them for this opportunity."

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 $32 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

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