Rogers City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is ready to redevelop a long-vacant lot in its downtown waterfront district.
Since the former lumber yard and bulk petroleum storage facility near Huron and 1st Street may have left behind contaminated soil or groundwater, the DDA will begin with an environmental investigation. A $65,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will help the DDA determine whether the three-acre site is contaminated.
“This is one of the most exciting and important projects to our community in a long time,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “This has long been a blighted spot along our lakeshore within the shadow of our municipal marina. These funds will help transform the property into a development that will draw people to our community, beautify our lakeshore, and provide an economic shot in the arm to our business corridor.”
Once the environmental condition is known, the Rogers City DDA will partner with Bayview Holdings LLC on its proposed redevelopment of a boutique hotel and cottages, transforming an underutilized waterfront parcel into a downtown asset.
More than half of EGLE’s budget each year flows into Michigan communities through grants, loans and other spending that supports local projects, protects public health and the environment, and creates economic growth and jobs for Michigan workers. When brownfields – vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected contamination – are redeveloped, property values increase both on the revitalized site and on other nearby properties. Learn more at Michigan.gov/EGLEBrownfields.
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