City of Detroit awarded Brownfield Grant to redevelop East Jefferson sites

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

September 7, 2018

Michelle Bakun, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator,, 586-233-3408
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer,, 517-284-6716

LANSING, MICH. A property in Detroit will be reused as a residential and commercial development with the help of a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) brownfield redevelopment grant. The city was awarded a $205,000 grant to revitalize and safely reuse three properties on the 1400 block of East Jefferson.

Soil and groundwater were contaminated by businesses that have been closed since the 1960s. Gas stations, car repair shops, a dry cleaner, a book binder, manufacturing and industrial businesses all may have contributed to the contamination. The MDEQ brownfield grant will be used to remove contaminated soil so the site can be safely reused.

East Jefferson Development LLC will build a multi-story retail and apartment building at 1475 East Jefferson. The $60 million redevelopment will create 213 new studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and 42,000 square feet of commercial space. Some of the commercial space will be leased by a Michigan-based grocery store.

The development is located within walking distance of the Detroit Riverwalk, William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, the Dequindre Cut Greenway, and downtown businesses and restaurants.

The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has approved a $15.1 million brownfield plan to help pay for other environmental costs and site improvements.

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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