Lake County to add Dollar General store with $350,000 EGLE brownfield redevelopment grant
Lake County will demolish a blighted building, and the contaminated site will be revitalized and redeveloped to make way for a Dollar General with help from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
A $350,000 brownfield redevelopment grant will pay for environmental costs and demolition at 1047 Michigan Avenue in Baldwin. The action will make the property ready for reuse in spring 2020.
“Lake County and the Lake County Economic Development Alliance are thankful to the Michigan Brownfield Redevelopment Program for seeing the value of cleaning up and redeveloping this eyesore on Main Street in Baldwin by awarding a grant for remediation and demolition,” Lake County Administrator Tobi Lake said.
In addition to demolishing a vacant, blighted building, the brownfield grant will be used to remove contaminated soil and underground storage tanks, and install barriers to prevent exposure to subsurface contamination.
Midwest V, LLC will build a new Dollar General store and relocate a smaller Dollar General in Baldwin to the new location. This will result in the transfer existing jobs and creation of two new jobs.
More than half of EGLE’s budget each year flows into Michigan communities through grants, loans and other spending that supports local projects, protects public health and the environment, and creates economic growth and jobs for Michigan workers. When brownfields – vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected contamination – are redeveloped, property values increase on the revitalized site and on other nearby properties.
Learn more at Michigan.gov/EGLEBrownfields.