2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 17:40:47 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Kalamazoo, Michigan
Brownfield of Dreams

Business Review of Western Michigan
January 24, 2008

New hope exists for paper mills and other industrial behemoths dotting 
western Michigan's landscape, after years of sitting idle, following 
several changes made to the brownfield legislation.

Eight years ago, the longtime paper mill along downtown Plainwell's 
portion of the Kalamazoo River closed suddenly, putting many out of work 
and taking a chunk out of the city's tax rolls. Since then, 
environmental and financial issues have stymied redevelopment of the 
Plainwell Paper Mill, which includes several outbuildings.

But changes to Michigan's brownfield redevelopment act at the end of 
December bring positive expectations for such projects in this region's 
non-urban communities, said Jeffrey Hawkins, president of Envirologic 
Technologies Inc. in Kalamazoo.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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