Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority awarded MDEQ Grant and Loan

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2019

Contact:
Janet Michaluk, MDEQ Brownfield Coordinator, michalukj@michigan.gov, 517-643-0314
DEQ Media Office, deq-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH. A contaminated property in Lansing will be redeveloped with apartments and commercial space with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was awarded a $1,000,000 Refined Petroleum Brownfield Grant, a $250,000 Renew Michigan Brownfield Grant and a $750,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Loan to revitalize and safely reuse multiple properties on Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing.

The sites that will be redeveloped were previously used for automotive service and sales, gasoline stations, and lumber and coal storage. Soil and groundwater were contaminated by leaks from the gas station and auto service underground storage tanks, and from coal storage. The brownfield grant and loan will be used to remove contaminated soil, manage contaminated groundwater, and install a ventilation system to prevent harmful vapors from entering the building. The MDEQ grant will also pay for demolition of vacant, blighted buildings.

The Gillespie Group will construct a four-story building with residential apartments, a nationally-ranked hotel with conference room/meeting space, lounge and a restaurant, and a first-floor urban grocery operated by Meijer. The $41,500,000 redevelopment will create 25 new full-time jobs.  

The city of Lansing has approved a brownfield plan to help pay for other environmental costs and site and public improvements.

The MDEQ partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize contaminated property. MDEQ grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and cleanup on brownfields. Brownfields are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.

Partnerships between MDEQ and communities have created over $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant and loan dollar invested by the MDEQ in 2018 to protect residents and the environment is expected to return an average of $42 to the state’s economy. When brownfields are redeveloped, property values increase both on the revitalized site and on other nearby properties. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.

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