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Brownfield Incentives Available for Belding Redevelopment Project

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but a brownfield site in Belding may be the next best thing. This .6-acre property is in a residential neighborhood, right across the street from Ellis Elementary School. The property is zoned for single family residential development. Ionia County and Fishbeck are looking for a developer to build homes on the site.

The property was a gas station from the 1960s to 1980s. Fishbeck secured a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) grant for the Ionia County Brownfield Authority (BRA) and we completed Phase I and Phase II environmental investigations. The developer will still need a Baseline Environmental Assessment to be protected from liability, which could be covered by the EGLE grant. Additional EGLE grant money can be secured to remove old asphalt and contaminated soil excavated for foundations, and for barriers to keep harmful vapors from entering homes.

Because the site is owned by the Ionia County Land Bank, it’s eligible for other redevelopment incentives to help pay for ordinary development costs like site preparation, infrastructure, clean backfill, and even surveys. The county is willing to sell the property at a very reduced rate to attract a developer.

Ionia County BRA chair Julianne Burns is committed to using the BRA’s tools and collaborating with potential developers, government partners, and the Fishbeck brownfield team to get the Belding site reused. “Such a collaborative effort to redevelop a vacant brownfield site has the potential for a positive economic and community impact,” said Chairperson Burns. “This type of project is exactly what the Ionia County Brownfield Authority strives to accomplish throughout Ionia County.”

The EGLE grant expires at the end of August this year. We can request an extension or additional grant for environmental costs, but we need an interested developer. If you are that developer, or know someone who might be interested, please get in touch with us!

Contact Roman Wilson, Brownfield Program Manager at Fishbeck, at rwilson@fishbeck.com or 616.464.3786.


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