Meridian Township Brownfield Redevelopment Authority awarded $1.3 million MDEQ Grant

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 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 Okemos will be redeveloped with residential and commercial space with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The Meridian Township Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was awarded a $1,300,000 Brownfield Grant, and a $1,000,000 Brownfield Loan to revitalize and safely reuse multiple properties along Okemos and Hamilton Roads in Okemos.

Businesses that once made the village center a prosperous commercial and residential district are abandoned and vacant. Soil and groundwater were contaminated by leaks from a gas station’s underground storage tanks and a dry cleaner. The brownfield grant and loan will be used to remove contaminated soil and install a ventilation system to prevent harmful vapors from entering the new buildings.

The Village of Okemos will re-create a village center in Okemos with new three to five-story buildings and integrated parking. The $117,000,000 residential, retail, restaurant, commercial, and office redevelopment will create more than 100 new full-time jobs.

Meridian Township expects to approve a brownfield plan to pay for other environmental costs and the downtown development authority will contribute to public improvements needed for the project.

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.

# # #