Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact  Sheet

   Artspace Projects,

     Inc.,  Jackson,  Ml

EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up,
and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is
real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse
of which may be complicated by the presence or
potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant,
or contaminant. On January 11, 2002, President George
W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability
Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the
Brownfields Law, EPA provides financial assistance to
eligible applicants through four competitive grant
programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants,
cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally,
funding support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

Artspace Projects, Inc. was selected to receive a
cleanup grant. Artspace has targeted a site in the
vacant Acme Industries complex in Jackson.
Jackson's population of 36,000 is about 30 percent
minority. Per capita income is 31 percent less than the
statewide average, and the poverty rate is 9 percent
higher than the statewide average. The site needs to
be cleaned up to allow development of the planned
Armory Park Arts Project, which will create studio
space for artists and wide-ranging educational, cultural,
and recreational opportunities for residents.
                                Cleanup Grant
                                $200,000 for hazardous substances

                                EPA has selected Artspace Projects, Inc. for a
                                cleanup grant totaling $200,000. The cleanup
                                grant will target the former ACME Industries
                                complex facility on Mechanic Street in Jackson,
                                Michigan. This riverfront property was the site
                                of a machinery and air conditioning manufacturer
                                and is contaminated with solvents, oil, and heavy
                                For further information, including specific grant
                                contacts, additional grant information,
                                brownfields news and events, and publications
                                and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

                                EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team

                                Grant Recipient: Artspace Projects, Inc., MI

                                Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, Artspace
                                Projects, Inc. has not received brownfields grant funding.

                                The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                are subject to change.
                                                Solid Waste and
                                                Emergency Response
                                                      EPA 500-F-03-046
                                                      June 2003