Planning & Performance Improvement

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 currently accepting applications for these grants. 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)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for assessment grant funding, a site must be in Ottawa County and believed to be contaminated.  Projects must also be approved by the Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (OCBRA) and the U.S. EPA.  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
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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 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:

Phone: 616-738-4852



View regularly scheduled 2016 Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meetings.

EPA Grant Reports

Resource Links


  • Paul Sachs, Director
  • 12220 Fillmore St
    Room 260
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4852
    FAX: (616) 738-4625
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm