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EDC Director Carl Osentoski talks about Brownfield Grant from EPA

Craig Routzahn

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:58:59 EST

 


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     Carl Osentoski, Executive Director of the Huron County Economic Development Corporation talked with the Huron County Commissioners Tuesday morning on an EPA Brownfield Grant for Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties. The 3 year grant program totals 600 thousand dollars, with 400 thousand going toward hazardous waste. Osentoski said Huron County had a similar grant about 5 years ago. It allows for initial testing, site assessment and soil borings to determine the level of any contamination. The grant is for property that has someone interested in redevelopment. It will determine what is on the site, and any mitigation work that may need to be done to stabilize the property for the new use. It is only for property with a developer already interested and could save them between 5 and 25 thousand dollars on the up-front testing. He said their are other avenues available for the cost to the property owner to mitigate the problem. He told the board if they have property owners in their district that may be interested to contact his office. Osentoski said a lot of these properties would be in downtown districts, which would have access to utility infrastructure and could help in revitalizing the downtown area by bringing a new business and jobs.
   

 

 

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