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Grand Haven petroleum storage facility property to be revitalized with EGLE grant assistance

A brownfield redevelopment grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will help the city of Grand Haven Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and 815 Verhoeks, LLC redevelop a contaminated site located at 815 Verhoeks Street. The historic commercial uses of the 0.78-acre property resulted in petroleum-related contamination in the soil and groundwater.   

Brownfield redevelopment site at 815 Verhoeks Street in Grand Haven, Michigan facing west.

The brownfield redevelopment site on Verhoeks Street in Grand Haven.


The property was used as a bulk petroleum storage facility from approximately 1937 through 1997, as well as a gasoline service station from at least 1981 through 2007. After fueling operations ceased, the small on-site building was ultimately demolished. The property has since remained vacant, and the costs associated with addressing the contamination have continued to pose a challenge to redevelopment efforts. 

The $300,000 brownfield redevelopment grant will address the contamination and ensure the property is safe for reuse by supporting the proper disposal of contaminated soil and the installation of systems to prevent any petroleum vapors from entering the proposed new buildings.

The $1,300,000 million project will include the construction of three new, five-unit commercial condominiums, encompassing a total of 16,000 square feet. The new units will provide space for local artisans, small incubator business, or private storage for boats and recreational vehicles.

In addition to creating five to seven full time and 20 part time jobs in the area, the development will greatly improve the aesthetic appearance and environmental conditions of the long-time vacant property, encouraging additional investment and redevelopment in the surrounding area.

Expected outcomes

  • State Equalized Value increase from $56,100 to $1 million.
  • $1,300,000 million in private investment.
  • Over 16 new jobs.
  • Contaminated soil removed during construction will be properly disposed of in a landfill.
  • A barrier beneath the buildings will prevent exposure to any residual contamination.