U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant
In October of 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (KCBRA) a $300,000 community-wide assessment grant to conduct environmental site assessments for petroleum and hazardous substances. The KCBRA can use these funds to make significant improvements at formerly contaminated and blighted properties. These funds will be used to assess the environmental condition of sites within Kalamazoo County, with a focus on the Northside neighborhood in the City of Kalamazoo. The grant period runs from 10/1/21 through 9/30/24.
Most development and redevelopment projects require environmental due diligence to be conducted prior to acquisition. These funds can be used to meet those requirements satisfying lenders, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), Due Care Obligations and other development partners. Additionally, the grants can be used to develop Brownfield Plans, which can help offset environmental and non-environmental costs associated with redeveloping and rehabilitating buildings and properties. The KCBRA has been at the forefront of redeveloping Kalamazoo County’s brownfield sites for over ten years. It is uniquely positioned to assist developers (both large and small) with their environmental and brownfield needs in a comprehensive and timely fashion.
Please contact Macy Rose Walters, KCBRA Brownfield Redevelopment Coordinator, to find out more about U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funds and how to apply.