Barry County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority awarded brownfield grant to redevelop former Quick Mart
Township will be returned to productive use with help from the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (MDEQ). A $175,000 grant was awarded to Barry County Brownfield
Redevelopment Authority to protect public health and safety and revitalize the former
Cappon’s Quick Mart located on 11312 West M-179 Highway.
Soil and groundwater at the property were contaminated by a leaking underground gasoline
storage tank. Environmental work was done by a liable party, but some contamination still
remains. The brownfield grant will be used to address remaining contamination and make
the site safe for reuse.
An established local business, Stickmann Baeckerei, will expand its growing commercial
and retail bakery and build a new café on the former Quick Mart site. The existing Germanstyle
bakery, next door to the former Quick Mart, may be turned into a full sevice restaurant.
The $500,000 redevelopment will create five to six new jobs, and result in an even more
significant draw to western Barry County.
The Barry County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was reestablished in late 2017,
after 10 years of inactivity, to assist with this project and with hopes that this project will
spark an interest for more redevelopment projects within Barry County.
The MDEQ partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and
revitalize contaminated property. MDEQ grants and loans pay for environmental
investigation and cleanup on brownfields. Brownfields are vacant or abandoned properties
with known or suspected environmental contamination.
Partnerships between MDEQ and communities have created $4 billion in private investment
and 29,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant
and loan dollar invested by the MDEQ in 2017 to protect residents and the environment is
expected to return an average of $32 to the state’s economy. When brownfields are
redeveloped, property values increase both on the revitalized site and on other nearby
properties. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/deqbrownfields.
June 06, 2018
A contaminated former gasoline station and Quick Mart in Yankee Springs