EGLE grant to help assess potential contamination at former Buena Vista Charter Township motel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2019

Holden Branch, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, BranchH1@Michigan.gov, 517-331-0993
Jill Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

A former Welcome Inn Motel in Buena Vista Charter Township will be evaluated for potential environmental contamination with a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

The grant will help Buena Vista Charter Township determine whether the motel site, which is next to two gas stations, is contaminated. An asbestos and lead survey will ensure the condemned motel building can be safely demolished by the township. The demolition and environmental assessment will make the property more appealing for redevelopment.

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. Partnerships between EGLE and communities have created more than $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. 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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