Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
Ottawa County was awarded $400,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform environmental assessments of properties that may be contaminated with either hazardous substances or petroleum pollutants. The County Brownfield Program is accepting applications for these grants beginning March 31, 2014. Projects that are approved will be funded on a first-come, first-serve basis until the grant funds are exhausted.
Types of Services Available Under the EPA Grant Program
Under the EPA assessment grant guidelines, the following services can be funded as part of the program:
- Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
- Baseline Environmental Assessments (BEAs)
- Clean-up Plans
What Is A Brownfield?
Brownfields are idle, underutilized or vacant industrial or commercial properties where redevelopment is hindered or complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.
Many contaminated sites sat unused for decades because the cost of clean-up for these sites was often high and uncertain. However, remediation and redevelopment of these brownfields is often the key to creating jobs, expanding tax base, and revitalizing the economy of local communities. Fortunately, state and federal funding programs have evolved to assist developers interested in assessing contamination issues on these sites and redeveloping them for productive use.
|Photo by: Jeff Cunningham|
Brownfield Property Before Clean-up
(Grand Haven, MI)
File photo from: Muskegon Chronicle|
Brownfield Property After Clean-up
(Lemon Creek Winery, Grand Haven, MI)
To be eligible, a site must be in Ottawa County and believed to be contaminated. The project must also be approved by the Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (OCBRA) and the U.S. EPA to take advantage of this grant program. The following conditions must also be met:
- The current property owner cannot be responsible for the contamination
- The proposed project must demonstrate financial need for funding
- The proposed project must demonstrate community benefits, such as new jobs, new goods/services/amenities, reduction in a health hazard, or returning a long-vacant site to reuse
Ottawa County is hosting a series of public meetings over the next few months to inform developers, business owners, residents, and others about how to access these grant funds for potentially contaminated sites. Informational brochure is available here.
Public Meetings - Brownfields Assessment and Clean-Up Program
|March 31, 2014 (1:00pm)||West Olive, Main Conference Room Fillmore Street Complex|
|April 17, 2014 (6:30pm)||Grand Haven, County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room|
|April 29, 2014 (6:30pm)||Holland, City Hall, Council Chambers|
|May 1, 2014 (1:00pm)||Zeeland, Howard Miller Library, Main Conference Room|
|May 8, 2014 (6:30pm)||Hudsonville, City Hall|
|May 13, 2014 (6:30pm)||Allendale, Township Hall|
|May 21, 2014 (6:30pm)||Coopersville, City Hall, Council Chambers|
|May 29, 2014 (1:00pm)||Spring Lake, Barber School|
Nominate a Potential Brownfield Site for Funding
The first step in getting a proposed project approved is to complete a PROPERTY NOMINATION APPLICATION FORM and submit it, along with all necessary attachments to the OCBRA. This can be done electronically by filling out the project application form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or a hard-copy can be submitted by mail to:
Ottawa County BRA
12220 Fillmore Street, Room 260
West Olive, MI 49460
Once the Project Nomination Application Form is received it will be reviewed by the OCBRA, and if approved, a Site Eligibility Determination request will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for funding approval. The OCBRA will consider all requests for project funding using these Evaluation Considerations.
If you have any questions, please contact us:
- BRA Bylaws & Policies
- Brownfield Plan Proposed Application
- County EPA Grant Informational Brochure
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:00pm (if there are agenda items to discuss):
|02/03/2014||Agenda | Minutes|
EPA Grant Reports
West Olive, MI 49460
FAX: (616) 738-4625
8:00am - 5:00pm