OSSINEKE, MI – Sanborn Township in Alpena County was awarded a $220,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely reuse a former gas station on US-23 South near Ossineke’s main four corners.
Ossineke is a small village approximately 15 miles south of Alpena on US23. The population was 938 at the 2010 census. The name is pronounced as Os-sin-ek. The name comes from the Ojibwa Tribe of Indians.
The contaminated property will be redeveloped as a deli and post office with help from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Staff from EGLE’s Gaylord District Office investigated the groundwater and soil, and found gasoline contamination from a leaking underground storage tank. The brownfield grant will complement the Gaylord district staff’s work by funding contaminated soil disposal, blighted building demolition, a vapor barrier and a ventilation system to prevent exposure to harmful vapors.
Stephan Investments LLC will build a new deli and United States Post Office branch at the location. The $300,000 redevelopment will create 12 new jobs.
EGLE partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize contaminated property. EGLE grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and cleanup on brownfields, which are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.
More than half of EGLE’s budget each year flows into Michigan communities through grants, loans and other spending; this supports local projects, protects public health and the environment, and creates economic growth and jobs for Michigan workers. Partnerships between EGLE and communities have created more than $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant and loan dollar invested by EGLE in 2018 to protect residents and the environment is expected to return an average of $42 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 Michigan.gov/EGLEBrownfield.