Detroit Receives $205,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant

Soil and groundwater at the sites to be cleaned up were contaminated by businesses that have been closed since the 1960s, with gas stations, car repair shops, a dry cleaner, a book binder, manufacturing, and industrial businesses all possible contributors.

The city of Detroit is getting a $205,000 brownfield redevelopment grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to revitalize and safely reuse three properties in the 1400 block of East Jefferson. Soil and groundwater there were contaminated by businesses that have been closed since the 1960s, with gas stations, car repair shops, a dry cleaner, a book binder, manufacturing, and industrial businesses all possible contributors.

East Jefferson Development LLC will build a multi-story retail and apartment building at 1475 East Jefferson. The $60 million redevelopment will create 213 new studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and 42,000 square feet of commercial space. Some of the commercial space will be leased by a Michigan-based grocery store. The development is located within walking distance of the Detroit Riverwalk, William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, the Dequindre Cut Greenway, and downtown businesses and restaurants.

The Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has approved a $15.1 million brownfield plan to help pay for other environmental costs and site improvements.

MDEQ partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize contaminated property. MDEQ grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and cleanup on brownfields. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.

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