Osceola County Awarded Brownfield Grant

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

July 12, 2018

Julie Lowe, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, lowej2@michigan.gov, 989-619-0617
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer, BrownT22@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716

Four vacant sites in Osceola County will be evaluated for potential environmental contamination with the help of a $83,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

The brownfield grant will help determine whether past uses, including dry cleaning and truck maintenance, resulted in environmental contamination of properties located in Evart, Marion and Reed City. Once their environmental condition is known, the county hopes to return the properties to productive use.

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 www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.

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