Contact Us

$600,000 EPA Grant Allows a Closer Look at Brownfield Zones in Albion and Battle Creek

Google Street View
Google Street View

A new grant from the EPA will allow the cities of Battle Creek and Albion to start cleaning up some problem areas.

The $600,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant will allow the Land Bank and cities of Albion and Battle Creek to zero in on blighted commercial properties most in need of redevelopment.

The areas the Calhoun County Land Bank and coalition partners will target for environmental assessments include:

  • Harvard Industries:  A corridor approximately three-quarters of a mile long that extends from downtown Albion, along the Kalamazoo River, through residential neighborhoods and the former heavy metals manufacturing sites that were once the city’s economic backbone.
  • West Michigan/Hamblin Corridor:  A nearly 1 mile long corridor centered on the Kalamazoo River that is a primary entryway into the city and traverses one of the hardest hit residential neighborhoods in the city.
  • Brownlee Park:  An approximately 2 square mile blighted residential area bordered by abandoned landfills and junkyards and vacant commercial or industrial operations.  It’s the neighborhood just East of Raymond Road.
  • Other developable brownfield sites that become a priority during the grant cycle.
Google Maps
Google Maps

“This grant will allow us to cover the cost of environmental assessments, help speed up the redevelopment of blighted commercial buildings and gain valuable data on distressed post-industrial sites,” said Ted Dearing, assistant city manager for community and economic development for the City of Battle Creek. “Partnerships like this go a long way to addressing blight in our communities, and assessing these commercial areas will make them more attractive to redevelopment, while also stabilizing the areas in and around our neighborhoods, one of our ongoing goals.”

“The Calhoun County Land Bank Authority is grateful for this grant from the EPA and we are eager to get to work with our coalition partners, the cities of Albion and Battle Creek, to assess environmental challenges in our County,” said Krista Trout-Edwards, executive director of the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. “We’re proud to partner with local municipalities to target properties that will make the greatest impact on our communities.”

“We’re proud to partner with the Land Bank and City of Battle Creek to secure this grant and begin critical environmental assessments on these blighted areas,” said Garrett Brown, mayor of Albion. “These assessments will help take the guesswork out of the environmental condition of these sites and hopefully make them more attractive for redevelopment.”

Best of 104.9 The Edge

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 1049 The Edge quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!