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EGLE grant helps revitalize the Former Bud’s in Honor

A Brownfield Redevelopment Grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will help Benzie County and Convenience Management, LLC redevelop a contaminated commercial property 10791 Main St. in the village of Honor.

Rendering of the proposed redevelopment at 10791 Main Street, Honor MI (Credit: Convenience Management, LLC).

Rendering of the proposed redevelopment in Honor, Mich.

 

The project site, locally known as the former Bud’s in Honor, operated as a gasoline service station and repair shop from the mid-1960s into the early 2000s.  Leaking fuel from the underground storage tanks that supported these operations contaminated the soil and groundwater with petroleum related volatile organic compounds.

The $650,000 EGLE brownfield redevelopment grant will be used to address the contamination and ensure the property is safe for reuse by funding additional environmental investigation, removal and proper disposal of contaminated soil, and treatment of contaminated groundwater that surfaces during excavation.

With approximately $3 million in private investment, Convenience Management LLC will construct a modern gas station with five pump islands and a 4,500-square-foot convenience store.  The new station will provide increased service delivery to residents, commuters, and visitors, offer an expanded selection of fuel grades, and accommodate larger commercial vehicles that cannot access the only existing station in the village.  Upon completion, the project is expected to create an additional two full-time equivalent positions, increase the village’s tax base, and put an underutilized commercial property back into productive reuse.

Expected outcomes

  • State Equalized Value increase from $47,300 to $1,500,000
  • $3,000,000 in private investment
  • Two new jobs
  • Contaminated soil will be removed and properly disposed of in a landfill