Cash for cleanups

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

The city is eligible for grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a revolving loan fund of up to $1 million. It would be used to finance environmental cleanup throughout the city. The grants could be used for public projects and to provide low- or zero-interest loans for private projects.

“It is a very competitive process,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

The city applied for the project this week, and the winners will be notified in the spring.

City officials said they’d primarily like to use the grant to work with the Board of Light & Power to demolish the two fuel tanks in Mulligan’s Hollow. The grant would likely allow the city to demolish the structures and clean up the site.

The city could also use the money in other places. Harbor Island, industrial parks and the Downtown Development Authority district are all considered eligible for projects.

“It’s post-industrial waterfront redevelopment,” McGinnis said. “It’s time to do something different.”

Brownfield grants are primarily aimed at tackling environmental contamination.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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