$40,000 EGLE grant will help reopen rural Upper Peninsula store

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2019
Megan Webber, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, WebberM1@michigan.gov,  906-236-7070
Jill Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

The old Pike Lake Store and gas station in northern Luce County in the state’s Upper Peninsula will be evaluated for potential environmental contamination with the help of a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The grant will help the Luce County Economic Development Corporation determine whether past uses contaminated the soil or groundwater. Once the environmental condition is known, the gas station and convenience store, located north of Newberry, will re-open to serve rural residents and visitors attracted to nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park and the remote area’s trails and forests.

EGLE partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize contaminated property. EGLE grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and cleanup on brownfields, which are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.

More than half of EGLE’s budget each year flows into Michigan communities in grants, loans and other spending; this supports local projects, protects public health and the environment, and creates economic growth and jobs for Michigan workers. Partnerships between EGLE and communities have created more than $4.7 billion in private investments and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each brownfield grant and loan dollar invested by EGLE 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 Michigan.gov/EGLEBrownfields.

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