Allegan received a $250,000 revolving loan grant that will be used to provide subgrants and loans to public and private organizations that will do cleanup work on a downtown brownfield. The city hopes to redevelop 17 downtown sites that remain from the area's manufacturing, railroad and lumber days.
Artspace Projects, Jackson, was awarded $200,000 to clean up hazardous material on the former Acme Industries complex on Mechanic Street. This riverfront property was the site of a machinery and air conditioning manufacturer and is contaminated with solvents, oil and metals. Artspace hopes to turn the brownfield into the Armory Park Arts Project, which will create studio space for artists, and cultural and educational opportunities for residents.
Bay City received $200,000 for petroleum cleanup at the Labadie property, which is one of the sites the city intends to redevelop as part of the Uptown at RiversEdge renewal project. Grant funds will also be used for community outreach and health monitoring.
Brownfields Redevelopment Authority, Lansing, won a $400,000 assessment grant that will be used to look for hazardous substances and petroleum contamination on several sites and in dozens of underground storage tanks. Grant funds will also be used for community outreach, soliciting contractors and drafting redevelopment plans.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was awarded $1 million for a revolving loan fund that will be used to provide subgrants and loans to public and private organizations that will do cleanup work on brownfields sites. These funds will target small and economically distressed communities similar to the 18 cities that are part of the existing Michigan Revitalization Revolving Loan program. The additional $1 million is expected to leverage $12.4 million and could create 46 new jobs.