City of Utica Awarded $450,000 EGLE Grant

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2019

Contact:
Dan Gough, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, goughd1@michigan.gov, 517-281-8253
EGLE Media Office, egle-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

LANSING, MICH.  A contaminated property in Utica will be redeveloped as an indoor sports training facility with help from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The City of Utica was awarded a $450,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely reuse a vacant warehouse built on a landfill at 6993 Moscone Drive.

The site is contaminated by buried landfill waste. The brownfield grant will be used to remove waste and install barriers and a ventilation system to prevent methane gas from entering the new building. The EGLE grant will also pay for demolition of the blighted warehouse building.

Circle Land Company, LLC will build a new sports training facility.  The training facility will serve local youth sports teams and minor league baseball teams visiting the adjacent Jimmy Johns Field.  The $1,000,000 redevelopment will create approximately ten new jobs.  

EGLE partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize contaminated property. EGLE 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 EGLE 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 EGLE 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 Michigan.gov/DEQBrownfields.

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