$2.1 million in brownfield funding from EGLE to help redevelop brownfields in Northern Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has awarded $2.1 million in grants and loans for the redevelopment of brownfield properties in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Overall, in 2022, EGLE will provide $20.7 million in brownfield financing to 67 projects statewide.

Plans include the redevelopment of a historic bank building in Marquette and a new gas station/convenience store in Honor.

More than half of EGLE’s budget goes to Michigan communities each year through grants, loans, and other expenses that support local projects, protect public health and the environment, and create 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 prices of the revitalized site and on other nearby properties.

EGLE’s Remediation and Redevelopment Division provides financial and technical assistance, including grants, loans, tax increases and free site assessments to facilitate brownfield redevelopment.

Building of the State Savings Bank in Marquette

The City of Marquette, Marquette Vault LLC and EGLE have partnered to facilitate the redevelopment of the historic State Savings Bank building and the construction of new retail, residential and public parking spaces in the heart of downtown Marquette.

Historically, the site housed a railway line and a car garage/service center. Existing soil and groundwater contamination, likely attributable to these past uses, will be addressed to make the site safe for reuse.

A $495,000 brownfield redevelopment grant and $1 million loan from EGLE will cover environmental costs, some demolitions and asbestos removal. Contaminated soil and groundwater will be properly disposed of and barriers will be installed under new construction to prevent potential exposure to underground contamination. Additionally, the city approved a brownfield plan to capture future tax revenues to help pay for other environmental costs and site improvements.

Once the site is safe for reuse, Marquette Vault LLC will transform State Savings Bank into a boutique hotel and construct a new 70,000 square foot development to include additional hotel rooms, retail space, units residential areas and a public car park with 200 spaces. . The $33.5 million redevelopment project is expected to result in several benefits for Marquette, including the creation of 10 full-time jobs, 40 part-time jobs and a $10.5 million increase in assessed value of the property.

“As a landlord just blocks from the site, I am thrilled to see this beautiful historic building anchor such an important development in the heart of downtown Marquette,” said David Allen, President of the Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. “I’m proud to see this partnership between the City of Marquette, the State of Michigan and private developers come closer to fruition. »

(Site Contact: Abbie Hanson, EGLE Contaminated Sites Coordinator, [email protected]906-202-1285)

10791 Main Street in honor of

Convenience Management LLC will build a new gas station with five fuel pump islands and a 4,500 square foot convenience store at 10791 Main St. in Honor Village after environmental contamination at the site is repaired this year.

The property is contaminated with petroleum products from leaking underground storage tanks associated with a former gas station. To address the contamination, EGLE awarded Benzie County a $650,000 brownfield redevelopment grant. The grant will ensure that the property can be safely reused by supporting additional environmental investigation, removal of contaminated soil, and treatment of contaminated groundwater.

“Benzie County is thrilled to partner with EGLE and Convenience Management LLC to remediate our community’s long overdue existing property,” said Benzie County Administrator Katie Zeits. “We have economic development at heart and we can’t wait to see this project come to fruition.

The new service station will be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will offer an expanded selection of fuel grades to residents, commuters and visitors. The project is expected to create two full-time jobs, increase the village’s tax base, and return underutilized commercial property to productive reuse.

(Site Contact: Aaron Assmann, EGLE Contaminated Sites Coordinator, [email protected], 616-430-5275)

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