Brownfield Success Stories


"The Brownfields Revitalization Act is a sensible piece of legislation, one that emphasizes the need for environmental stewardship all across the country....Environmental protection and economic growth can go on together."

President George W. Bush, remarks before signing the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, January 11, 2002

The Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (LCBRA) has administered four (4) different U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants, on behalf of Leelanau County.  The LCBRA has completed a $200,000 EPA site assessment grant for hazardous substances, a $200,000 EPA site assessment grant for petroleum substances, a $400,000 EPA site assessment grant, and a $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) awarded by the U.S. EPA.  In 2022 the County was awarded a $250,000 site assessment grant and is currently taking applications for use of the funds on sites that are contaminated or suspected of contamination. 

See the Grant Dashboard for a breakdown.

The following projects have approved Brownfield Plans and/or MDEQ grant/loan assistance:

  • Former Government Site (Leland Township)
  • GTOS site (Cherry Bend Rd. - Elmwood Twn)
  • West Shore Partners, LLC (Elmwood Township)
  • Two Peas, LLC (Village of Suttons Bay)

The following property involved the use of EPA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) dollars in order to clean up the site and prepare it for redevelopment:

  • Former Government Site (Leland Township)

The following properties involved the use of U.S. EPA site assessment grants to determine if there were contaminants on site impacting development, or impacting nearby properties:   

  • Bayside Gallery (Suttons Bay Village)
  • Cedar (Solon Township)
  • Daniels Property/former township dump site - (Cleveland Township)
  • Ely property on Carter Rd (Elmwood Township)
  • Fishtown Preservation Society (Leland)
  • Former Car Wash/Oil Change (Suttons Bay Township)
  • Former Drycleaning (Village of Suttons Bay)
  • Former School Building (Village of Empire)
  • Former Title Company Property (Suttons Bay Village)
  • Former Woody's Settling Inn (Village of Northport)
  • Golf Course Property (Sugar Loaf area - Cleveland & Centerville Townships)
  • Harbor Hts. (Village of Suttons Bay)
  • Herman Park (Suttons Bay Township)
  • Land Bank Authority Property (Bingham Township)
  • Land Bank Authority property (Kasson Township)
  • Land Bank Authority Property (Suttons Bay Township)
  • Land Bank Authority Property (Village of Suttons Bay)
  • Lot 76 (Cleveland Township)
  • M-22 Site (Bingham Township)  
  • M-72 Site (Elmwood Township) 
  • Manitou Marine (Lake Leelanau)
  • Norris School (Elmwood Township)
  • Old Barn - Leelanau County Myles Kimmerly Park (Kasson Township)
  • Old Building - Leelanau County Old Settlers Park (Empire Township)
  • Old Mill (Glen Arbor Township)
  • Omena Village Preservation Site (Leelanau Township)
  • Parkside of Northport (Village of Northport)
  • SilverTree Deli (Village of Suttons Bay)  
  • St. Mary's St. Project (Village of Suttons Bay)
  • Sugar Loaf -former resort (Cleveland Township)
  • Sugar Loaf Resort (Cleveland & Centerville Townships)
  • Suttons Bay School (Suttons Bay Village)
  • Township Hall (Centerville Township)
  • Traverse City Housing Commission Property (Elmwood Township)
  • Woolsey Airport (Leelanau Township)

*The Sugar Loaf site also involved free assistance from Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB), out of Kansas State University.

This page last updated on 8/21/2023.