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Otsego County receives 52 thousand dollar grant to fund environmental work

Otsego County has been awarded more than 52 thousand dollars in Brownfield funds for environmental investigation.

Otsego County has been awarded a Brownfield Redevelopment Grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


The $52,300 grant will fund an environmental investigation on a former gas station and motel site located at 803 S. Otsego Avenue in Gaylord.

Research will evaluate environmental contamination, monitoring for things like pollution in soil and groundwater, lead, asbestos and mold.

Brownfield Coordinator, Julie Lowe said it is estimated that each grant dollar invested into environmental investigations will return 42 dollars to the state’s economy.

“All of our grant projects have to demonstrate economic benefit,” Lowe said. “That's a statistic looking holistically throughout the state, that our program does return money back into the state’s economy.”

Otsego county currently does not have a work schedule for the project.

Lowe said the county hopes to redevelop but have no concrete plans on what might go on the site until the evaluation is completed.

Tess DeGayner is a student reporter for WCMU News. She is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Journalism and Broadcasting. Her hometown is Fenton, Michigan.