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EGLE awards funding to four new housing developments across Michigan
September 05, 2023
The brownfield redevelopment projects that EGLE awards grants and loans to are a small percentage of the number of redevelopments statewide. But take a quick look at the types of projects EGLE is helping with and it’s apparent there is a need for new affordable housing in our state. EGLE recently awarded funding to four projects adding 274 affordable and workforce housing units around Michigan. Here’s a quick look at them.
Coldwater Senior Villas: 95 South Fremont Street, Coldwater
Site where Coldwater Senior Village, recipient of an EGLE brownfield grant, will be built in Coldwater.
- $830,000 EGLE Brownfield Redevelopment Grant
- $950,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority Loan
- 40 units of affordable senior housing
- $12 million in capital investment
The future site of Coldwater Senior Villas was used for farmland and homes before hosting Franklin Elementary School. The site is contaminated with metals and may have been used as a makeshift landfill. The EGLE grant will pay for soil removal, a vapor barrier, and a mitigation system to keep vapors out of the two one-story apartment buildings. Construction is scheduled to be finished in late 2024.
The Greenwood: Greenwood Avenue, West Wilkins Street, West Biddle Street, Jackson
Rendering of The Greenwood, recipient of an EGLE brownfield grant, in Jackson.
- $675,000 EGLE Brownfield Redevelopment Grant
- $2,000,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority Loan
- 51 units of workforce housing
- $14.6 million in capital investment
The city of Jackson reached out to EGLE for help turning seven parcels of land into an apartment complex where Greenwood Avenue meets West Wilkins and West Biddle. The problem is petroleum compounds and metals in the soil and groundwater. An EGLE grant will pay for some demolition work, soil removal, and a vapor mitigation system. The Greenwood is planned to be a three-story complex that will be finished in 2024.
Rose Place Senior Living: 530 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo
Rendering of Rose Place Senior Living, recipient of an EGLE brownfield grant, in Kalamazoo.
State, Federal, County, and Local Funding
- $350,000 EGLE Brownfield Redevelopment Grant
- $1,020,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority Gap financing
- $1,000,000 Kalamazoo County American Rescue Plan Act funding
- $1,268,000 Kalamazoo County “Housing for All” millage funding
- $408,000 city of Kalamazoo HOME grant
- $10,067,242 Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit
- 64 units of senior house, 51 of which will be affordable housing
- $20.3 million in private investment
All brownfield redevelopment projects are team efforts, and Rose Place Senior Living is an example of state, federal, and local governments working together to build new, affordable housing. EGLE is awarding a grant to haul away soil contaminated with metals and petroleum compounds, demolish an asphalt parking lot, and search for any remaining underground infrastructure. The bigger cost will be the deeper foundations needed to support the proposed five-story building on the property’s loose sand. It’s scheduled to be finished in early 2025.
Hillside Overlook: 41661 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Township
Rendering of Hillside Overlook, recipient of an EGLE brownfield grant, on Plymouth Road in Plymouth Township.
- $1 million EGLE Brownfield Redevelopment Loan
- $525,000 EGLE Brownfield Redevelopment Grant
- 120 new housing units
- $30 million in capital investment
The former home of two restaurants will also need special foundations because of the debris left over from the site’s use as a landfill prior to 1930. The EGLE loan will help offset that cost while the EGLE grant pays for a vapor mitigation system. Plans call for a six-story building, the bottom two stories of which will be a 240-space parking garage. The redevelopment will connect to Hines Park and the Middle Rouge Parkway when it’s finished in December 2025.
Combined, these four brownfield redevelopment projects are expected to draw $76 million in private investment to their communities. EGLE, MSDHA, and other state agencies will continue to look for ways to help turn brownfields into new housing for Michigan.