Sept. 06–BAY CITY, Mich. — The Bay City Elks Lodge plans to open a new event center and club at a former gas-station site on North Henry Street after some brownfield cleanup takes place on the property.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality awarded the Bay City Brownfield Redevelopment Authority $143,000 to help pay for environmental cleanup at the site, 1400 N. Henry St.
“They (DEQ) are working on investigating it and what kind of contamination is there,” said Tony Bosco, a trustee of the Bay City organization.
He said the Elks Lodge will spend about $140,000 of its own money to renovate a building at the site. It’s no longer a gas station.
Bosco said the DEQ has drilled holes into the ground, pulled some samples and will remove any contamination there might be out of the soil.
A brownfield site is a piece of land that requires more time and work to clean up due to hazardous materials or chemicals either on or under the ground that take time to clean up.
Ryan Londrigan, a brownfield coordinator with the department, said the soil was contaminated by gasoline leaning from underground storage tanks and the department awarded the grant money to remove the contaminated soil and safely dispose of it at a landfill.
After the cleanup and building renovation, Bosco said the building will have a restaurant, a bar and possibly rent out some spaces as well. He added they would be able to hire one full-time employee and two to three part-time employees for the new site.
Londrigan said the DEQ also awarded three different grants to the city to help revitalize brownfield sites around Bay City. There are two other brownfield sites in Bay City that are being developed as well.
One is an apartment building located at 1113 Center Ave. The DEQ awarded $200,000 in grant money for that project.
The third site, which has not officially been awarded yet, is a former pet store on Madison Avenue and is being developed by the Bay Veterans Foundation.
The Bay City Elks Lodge is currently housed at the Lumber Barons Brewery and Restaurant. Bosco said they expect to be done and open later this year at the new location on Henry.
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