Zorn, Kahle applaud $2M for redevelopment project

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn and Rep. Bronna Kahle are applauding a $1 million grant and a $1 million loan being awarded to the city of Tecumseh to address brownfield conditions at the former Tecumseh Products facility.

“The grant and the loan will help the city clean up an old industrial site and put it back to productive use,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It is outstanding news for the people of Tecumseh and the entire area, as the redevelopment will mean new jobs, more economic opportunities and additional support for local schools and public safety. I applaud the leaders in Tecumseh for working together with state officials and private developers to make this project a reality.”

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on Thursday announced the brownfield redevelopment grant and loan, which will pay for a protective vapor barrier under a building that will be reused and for the demolition of another building. Tecumseh Products is cleaning up the contaminated soil and groundwater.

The $25 million project would convert the 55-acre site into a multiuse development, including retail, professional, commercial and park space.

“This funding is great news to help spark redevelopment in Tecumseh,” said Kahle, R-Adrian. “Without funding opportunities like this, old industrial sites like the former Tecumseh Products likely would remain abandoned and never have a chance at rebirth. I look forward to seeing this redevelopment take place bringing investment and jobs to our community.”

The Tecumseh Products site has been an industrial facility since the late 1800s. Prior uses as a foundry, metal and machine shop, and refrigeration equipment manufacturer left the site heavily contaminated.

The DEQ’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program provides grants and loans to local governments for environmental activities on brownfields where redevelopment is proposed. Brownfields are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.