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EGLE grant helps revitalize blighted former gas station in West Branch

A Brownfield Redevelopment Grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will help the city of West Branch and West Branch Pharmacy, LLC, redevelop a contaminated site at 508 East Houghton Avenue, West Branch, in Ogemaw County. The brownfield grant will help protect residents, employees, and customers from contamination and revitalize the former gasoline filling station.

Former Little Reds filling gasoline station to be redeveloped into West Branch Pharmacy

Former Little Reds gasoline station to be redeveloped into West Branch Pharmacy.


The property historically operated as a gas station from the 1970s to 2004 and utilized 10 underground storage tanks to store various types of fuel. During the gas station’s operation, four releases involving unleaded gasoline, diesel, and kerosene were reported between 1995 and 2004, resulting in the contamination of both soil and groundwater with petroleum related products. The previous property owner conducted two excavations that removed underground storage tanks and impacted soils from the property. Since 2004, the property has remained vacant and unused.

For additional information, visit the brownfields web page.

Expected Outcomes

  • $290,000 in capital investment .
  • Create two full time and four part time jobs.
  • State Equalized Value increase from $64,700 to $84,000.
  • Removal and disposal of contaminated soil.
  • Design and installation of a system beneath the building to prevent vapors from entering the structure.


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