Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Awarded MDEQ Grant

For Immediate Release
December 14, 2018 

For more information:
Andrea Ryswick, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, RyswickA@michigan.gov,  616-401-0827
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH. A contaminated property in the City of Grand Rapids will be redeveloped with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (GRBRA) was awarded a $372,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely redevelop a gas station site, located at the corner of Stocking Avenue NW and First Street NW.

The new development will revitalize the contaminated and blighted gas station into a new modern gas station with significantly reduced environmental impact.  The $2,000,000 development will create 15 new jobs.

Soil and groundwater on the property is contaminated from the former gas station operations.  The brownfield grant will pay for building and site demolition, and disposal of contaminated soil.

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 the MDEQ and communities have created over $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 the MDEQ 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 www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.

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