State grant helps prepare Grand Rapids property for re-use

Dead fish were discovered at the Sebewaing Marina, where DEQ officials found oxygen levels below Michigan water quality standards.

A $330,000 state grant will help prepare a vacant, contaminated property in Grand Rapids for re-use.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it has awarded the grant to the city's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

A development company plans to build a five-story mixed-use building on the site. It will house a restaurant, bar and lounge along with 44 residential units.

A partnership with the nonprofit housing organization Michigan Community Capital will enable the project to accommodate renters of varying incomes.

Officials say the $11.4 million project will create 55 jobs.

The city of Grand Rapids has approved a plan to help cover environmental costs.