EPA Awards Eight Brownfields Grants to Michigan Communities

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded eight Brownfields grants to Michigan
 communities: Keweenaw Bay, Jackson County (two), Lansing, Saginaw, St. Louis,
 Three Rivers and Washtenaw County.  The grants total $3.45 million.
     Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where real or
 perceived environmental contamination has slowed redevelopment.  Grants may be
 awarded to address individual sites, or groups of sites, within a defined
 geographic area.  Three grant categories were included in today's
 announcement: new pilot grants, supplemental pilot funding to continue ongoing
 work at sites that have already received grants, and revolving loan funds
 grants, which make low-cost loans available to communities to assist in moving
 their initiatives forward.
     Nationally, more than 90 communities received funding of more than
 $38 million for brownfields assessment and cleanup.  In the EPA Region 5
 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) 19 grants
 were awarded.  Summaries of the grants will be online soon at
 www.epa.gov/brownfields .
     Keweenaw Bay, St. Louis, Three Rivers and Washtenaw County received new
 $200,000 Brownfields grants.  (As a result, they will be eligible for the
 other EPA grant categories in the future.)  Keweenaw Bay, an Indian community
 south of Houghton, will use its grant to assess ecological damage from past
 industrial uses at and around Sand Point, which it plans to develop into a
 recreational park.  St. Louis will use its grant to inventory and conduct
 preliminary assessments of dozens of brownfield sites in the area.  A series
 of workshops to engage local stakeholders are also proposed.  Three Rivers, a
 community of 7,500, has targeted at least seven sites -- some owned by the
 city -- for assessment with its grant.  Washtenaw County will use its grant to
 focus on regional urban sprawl and transportation corridor issues, as well as
 an inventory and assessment of 10 to 15 sites in the Ann Arbor area.
     Jackson County and Saginaw received $1 million revolving loan fund grants
 to support ongoing activities that previously received EPA grants.  Lansing
 received a $500,000 grant. Jackson County plans to use its grant to advance
 redevelopment at the former Michigan Industrial Holdings property and two
 former metal recycling facilities owned by Jackson Iron & Metal.  In addition,
 Jackson County received a $150,000 supplemental funding grant to expand the
 use of a 100-site inventory previously created by an EPA pilot grant.  Saginaw
 will use its grant to address several sites, including a vacant agricultural
 elevator, an abandoned riverfront steel recycling facility and a former soap
 manufacturing building.
     Lansing will use its grant for two ongoing projects: expansion of the
 Lansing Convention Center and cleanup of contaminated sites in downtown
 Lansing that will then be used for the construction of an Arts & Education
 Center.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.
     U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA are among more than a dozen organizations
 co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a national conference at Chicago's McCormick
 Place Convention Center, September 24-26, 2001.  For details on speakers and
 the conference program, or assistance in developing local story ideas, call
 Mick Hans in the EPA Region 5 press office, 312-353-5050.
 
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SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    CHICAGO, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded eight Brownfields grants to Michigan
 communities: Keweenaw Bay, Jackson County (two), Lansing, Saginaw, St. Louis,
 Three Rivers and Washtenaw County.  The grants total $3.45 million.
     Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where real or
 perceived environmental contamination has slowed redevelopment.  Grants may be
 awarded to address individual sites, or groups of sites, within a defined
 geographic area.  Three grant categories were included in today's
 announcement: new pilot grants, supplemental pilot funding to continue ongoing
 work at sites that have already received grants, and revolving loan funds
 grants, which make low-cost loans available to communities to assist in moving
 their initiatives forward.
     Nationally, more than 90 communities received funding of more than
 $38 million for brownfields assessment and cleanup.  In the EPA Region 5
 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) 19 grants
 were awarded.  Summaries of the grants will be online soon at
 www.epa.gov/brownfields .
     Keweenaw Bay, St. Louis, Three Rivers and Washtenaw County received new
 $200,000 Brownfields grants.  (As a result, they will be eligible for the
 other EPA grant categories in the future.)  Keweenaw Bay, an Indian community
 south of Houghton, will use its grant to assess ecological damage from past
 industrial uses at and around Sand Point, which it plans to develop into a
 recreational park.  St. Louis will use its grant to inventory and conduct
 preliminary assessments of dozens of brownfield sites in the area.  A series
 of workshops to engage local stakeholders are also proposed.  Three Rivers, a
 community of 7,500, has targeted at least seven sites -- some owned by the
 city -- for assessment with its grant.  Washtenaw County will use its grant to
 focus on regional urban sprawl and transportation corridor issues, as well as
 an inventory and assessment of 10 to 15 sites in the Ann Arbor area.
     Jackson County and Saginaw received $1 million revolving loan fund grants
 to support ongoing activities that previously received EPA grants.  Lansing
 received a $500,000 grant. Jackson County plans to use its grant to advance
 redevelopment at the former Michigan Industrial Holdings property and two
 former metal recycling facilities owned by Jackson Iron & Metal.  In addition,
 Jackson County received a $150,000 supplemental funding grant to expand the
 use of a 100-site inventory previously created by an EPA pilot grant.  Saginaw
 will use its grant to address several sites, including a vacant agricultural
 elevator, an abandoned riverfront steel recycling facility and a former soap
 manufacturing building.
     Lansing will use its grant for two ongoing projects: expansion of the
 Lansing Convention Center and cleanup of contaminated sites in downtown
 Lansing that will then be used for the construction of an Arts & Education
 Center.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.
     U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA are among more than a dozen organizations
 co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a national conference at Chicago's McCormick
 Place Convention Center, September 24-26, 2001.  For details on speakers and
 the conference program, or assistance in developing local story ideas, call
 Mick Hans in the EPA Region 5 press office, 312-353-5050.
 
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