Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact  Sheet

          Bay City,  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. Abrownfield 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. Addition-
ally, funding support is provided to state and tribal
response programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

Bay City was selected to receive a brownfields
cleanup grant. Bay City (population 36,817) is a port
city in eastern Michigan with access to Lake Huron via
Saginaw Bay. In its early years, the city flourished as
a lumber processing center, and later, the city's
economy was based on automobile component manu-
facturing, heavy machine operations, and shipbuilding.
The decline of the city's industrial facilities in recent
years has resulted in numerous vacant industrial sites
adjacent to the riverfront. Bay City has a median
household income 31 percent below the state average.
The city recently purchased 48 contiguous acres of
downtown waterfront property and is preparing a plan
for constructing a mixed-use development known as
Uptown at RiversEdge. Significant cleanup activities
                                  Cleanup Grant
                                  $200,000 for petroleum

                                  EPA has selected Bay City for a brownfields
                                  cleanup grant. Grant funds will be used to clean
                                  up petroleum contamination at the Labadie
                                  property, which is one of the properties that the
                                  city intends to redevelop as part of the Uptown
                                  at RiversEdge waterfront redevelopment project.
                                  Grant funds also will be used to conduct commu-
                                  nity outreach and health monitoring.
                                  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: Bay City, MI

                                  Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, Bay City
                                  has received brownfields funding for an assessment grant.

                                  The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                  negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                  are subject to change.
                               will be necessary to prepare the Labadie property for
                               redevelopment.  The site is contaminated with petro-
                               leum products from its historical use as an automobile
                               body shop. The city hopes that the Uptown at
                               RiversEdge complex will create jobs, attract visitors to
                               the city's riverfront, and spur reinvestment in a blighted
                                                  Solid Waste and
                                                  Emergency Response
                                                        EPA 500-F-03-054
                                                        June 2003