Village of Dimondale awarded MDEQ Brownfield Grant

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2018

For More Information:
Janet Michaluk, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, michalukj@michigan.gov, 517-643-0314
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH.  An old gas station, car dealership, and body shop on West Jefferson Street in Dimondale, Eaton County, will be evaluated for potential environmental contamination with the help of a $47,600 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The grant will help the Village of Dimondale determine whether the historical uses contaminated the soil or groundwater.

Once the environmental condition is known, the Village of Dimondale will help look for a new owner to revitalize and safely reuse the property. If the property is contaminated, the brownfield grant will help estimate cleanup needs and costs, and could help protect a new owner from liability for contamination.

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 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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