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EG Communication: Jackson Awarded $300,000 to Assist Companies with Brownfield Sites

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January 25, 2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected Jackson County for a $300,000 Brownfield Assessment grant award to help with sites that have potential for redevelopment. The grant activity will be implemented and administered through the Jackson County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (JCBRA), which is staffed and served by The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc. (EG). Grant funds of $300,000 will be used to conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA’s), which include Baseline Environmental Assessments (BEA’s) and due care plans. Grant funds will also be used to support cleanup planning and community outreach activities. The funds are a unique funding source The EG can offer for business site selection decisions as part of Jackson County’s economic development toolbox.
 
What is a brownfield?
USEPA defines a brownfield as a property, an expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.  Under Michigan law, brownfields can also include properties that are blighted, functionally obsolete or owned by the Land Bank Authority.
 
What can a brownfield assessment grant be used for?
It can help a business or community by providing funding for environmental assessments, asbestos surveys, development of cleanup plans including technical assistance and work to secure other financial resources for redevelopment, and community outreach related to these activities. 
 
How can I access this funding?
Please contact Alex Masten at amasten@enterprisegroup.org or 517.262.4799 if you have a project that would be a possible good fit for these grant funds.
 
Brownfield Assessment Grant Example:
In May 2014, Klavon's Pizzeria and Pub opened a second restaurant, which is located in Vandercook Lake. To prepare the site; an old, deteriorating building was demolished and a new 8,500 square foot restaurant, with a huge parking lot, was constructed on the property at 1359 and 1361 Old McDevitt in Summit Township. With the assistance of U.S. EPA Assessment Grant funds, the JCBRA Board provided funding for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA), Due Care Plan, geophysical survey, asbestos survey, and building demolition costs. In addition, there is an approved Brownfield Plan in place. As a result, the company invested over $2 Million, and created 155 new jobs.
 
Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
 
 
Contact:
Alex Masten
amasten@enterprisegroup.org