State awards $2M for brownfield projects


The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $2 million to clean up brownfield sites, including two in West Michigan.

The agency said last week that $945,000 was awarded to the Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to pay for environmental response activities at properties along Portage Creek near Upjohn Park. The work will support the new Health Focused Campus.

The cooperative development between Bronson Properties Corp., Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is expected to bring about $42 million in investment to the area.

Muskegon Heights has also been awarded $100,000. A property will be redeveloped by Versatile Fabrication, a stainless steel manufacturer and includes $2 million in investment. The grant will pay for environmental investigations, removal of contaminated soil and liability protection.

Another $1 million is going to the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. for the Orleans Landing Redevelopment Project, a roughly $55 million mixed-used development, including 250 residential units near the Milliken State Park and Harbor along the Detroit River.

"The grant will pay for environmental investigations, demolition and removal of contaminated soils and abandoned underground storage tanks, ensuring the safe reuse of the properties," the DEQ said.

The project includes redevelopment of 25 industrial properties.

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