May 30, 2019
A Brownfield Redevelopment Site Assessment Grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will help the city of Hastings evaluate environmental contamination at an obsolete furniture and auto parts manufacturing site on the Thornapple River.
The $63,000 grant will be used by the city to help better define the environmental condition of the site. It will also be used to estimate cleanup needs and costs and determine future site development options. Redevelopment will depend on the environmental assessment results and is anticipated to include residential, commercial, and retail uses.
Limited environmental assessments have already shown that historical manufacturing processes contaminated the soil and groundwater with hazardous substances. The extent of the contamination is unknown. After the Brownfield Redevelopment site assessment, the city and its partners (the current owner, a local philanthropist, and the Barry County Economic Development Alliance) will work with a developer to revitalize and safely reuse the site.
The site has been unoccupied since 2013 when the company closed. Two warehouse buildings, a fuel dispensing building, a paint shop, and a fire suppression equipment building were left to deteriorate. Two closed industrial landfills on the site were reportedly used by the former manufacturers to dispose of foundry sand, metal debris, and concrete.