LaSata applauds four Southwest Michigan communities on winning competitive grants

LANSING, Mich. State Sen. Kim LaSata on Tuesday applauded four Southwest Michigan communities for being awarded competitive grants through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Site Readiness Improvement Program.

According to MEDC, the grants were awarded through a new competitive Michigan Build Ready Sites Program, which aims to boost the state’s inventory of available properties that are ready to compete for new businesses.

“This is great news for Southwest Michigan,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “These site readiness grants will go a long way toward making our communities that much more of an attractive place to do business and create jobs. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to the MEDC for supporting our part of the state.”

All told, 45 industrial sites in 31 counties were awarded $3.3 million in site readiness grants. The four Southwest Michigan communities include:

  • Cornerstone Alliance, in Berrien County, was awarded $81,000 to build a retention pond and required infrastructure and clear brush and trees at its entrance to add more curb appeal;
  • City of Sturgis, in St. Joseph County, was awarded $50,800 for environmental and infrastructure engineering assessments at the Stapleton Industrial Park;
  • City of Three Rivers, in St. Joseph County, was awarded $100,000 for a mainline fiber extension and connection at Enterprise Industrial Park; and
  • Village of Colon, in St. Joseph County, will receive $79,400 to conduct an environmental study, asbestos survey, building code review, structural analysis, ALTA survey, and an infrastructure analysis at the Lamb Knit mill.

The Michigan Build Ready Sites program provides a critical roadmap to helping sites achieve “shovel ready” status. These standards include appropriate planning and zoning, boundary survey, proper soil and environmental conditions, and more.

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