2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 21:33:13 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] What makes a Brownfield (Michigan)
Is Cabela's site a brownfield? Stakes are high

By Chris Knape
The Grand Rapids Press (MI)
February 10, 2008

Ten years ago, Coca-Cola Bottling looked from its aging plant to the 
abandoned buildings and contaminated land next door and saw opportunity.

Using a relatively new development tool known as a brownfield, the 
company won tax breaks for investing millions of dollars to clean up the 
dilapidated industrial site adjacent to an old landfill and expand its 

In the process, it created hundreds of jobs at its updated plant at 1440 
Butterworth St. SW.

The idea behind the state's brownfield program was simple: Preserve jobs 
in decaying urban areas, prevent sprawl and find new uses for existing 

Times have changed and so has the idea of what is a brownfield.

Today, Wyoming and Walker are awaiting word from the state on the 
cities' latest request to use brownfield incentives.


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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