Bay City Brownfield Redevelopment Authority awarded MDEQ Brownfield Grant

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

August 28, 2018

Contact: 
Ryan Londrigan, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, londriganr@michigan.gov, 989-891-6072
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer, brownt22@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716

LANSING, MICH. A vacant, contaminated property in Bay City will be reused with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). A $143,000 grant was awarded to Bay City Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to revitalize and safely reuse a former gas station at 1400 Henry Street.

Soil was contaminated by gasoline from leaking underground gas storage tanks. The MDEQ brownfield grant will be used to remove the contaminated soil and safely dispose of the soil at a landfill.

The Elks Club will renovate the existing building as a new Elks Lodge with an event center, a restaurant, and a lounge. The $286,000 redevelopment project will create 1 full time job and 3 new part time jobs.

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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