City seeks state funds for redevelopment of West Side gas station

Published on October 18, 2018

A rendering of a proposed Meijer gas station at 438 Stocking Ave. NW

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority recently approved submission of a grant application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to fuel the redevelopment and cleanup of a Brownfield site on the city’s West Side. If approved by the MDEQ, grant funding for up to $372,000 would be used to help spur redevelopment of the BP gas station at 438 Stocking Ave. NW.

The site, which has served as a service station since the 1960s, has experienced underground storage tanks leaks in 1979, 1987 and 2017. The proposed grant funding would pay for the cost of site remediation that would include environmental review, hazardous materials testing, demolition, transportation and disposal of contaminated soils, dewatering and placement/compaction of clean backfill.  

Stockbridge Retail LLC, which is affiliated with Rockford Construction, plans to demolish the gas station and begin environmental cleanup of the site. The developers then plan to build a Meijer gas station and convenience store to complement the adjacent Bridge Street Market-Hendrik development. The proposed $1.4 million redevelopment project is expected to create nine new full-time jobs.

The MDEQ gives grants and loans to communities to cover the costs of eligible environmental activities at brownfield redevelopment project sites. In the past, the City of Grand Rapids and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority have utilized the MDEQ’s grant program for the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center, the former Iroquois Elementary School in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood, the Downtown Market and, most recently, an affordable housing project at 501 Eastern Ave., a mixed-use development at 449 Bridge St. and the Plaza Roosevelt project in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood.  

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