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Brownfield authority gets funding to clean up blighted site

Posted August 31

— A local brownfield authority southwest of Detroit will get a $500,000 grant and $500,000 loan to clean up a blighted industrial facility.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the funding will address environmental contamination and deteriorating structures at the Materials Processing Inc. site on Jefferson Avenue in Riverview.

A brownfield plan and industrial tax abatement have been approved by the city of Riverview.

The W.F. Whelan Co. is expected to expand storage and distribution business at the site once redevelopment is completed. Upward of 50 new jobs are expected to be created.

Materials Processing Inc. will continue to operate as a tenant in part of the facility.

The state's Brownfield Redevelopment Program provides grants and loans to local governments for environmental activities on brownfield properties where redevelopment is proposed.

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