Bizon applauds grants for Calhoun County sites

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. announced on Tuesday that two properties in Calhoun County are among 45 sites to be awarded grants through the new competitive Michigan Build Ready Sites Program.

Grants from the targeted program are aimed at increasing the number of business-ready properties in the state.

“This new grant program will strengthen the ability of organizations to hire workers and strengthen the economy throughout the state,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am encouraged by these grants and look forward to these developments in Calhoun County.”

Sackrider Farms in Emmett Township will receive a $100,000 grant for water supply capacity evaluation, geotech assessment, transportation impact study, industrial planning, and development of a master plan.

The Marshall MEGA site in Marshall will receive a $100,000 grant for the development of a master plan.

“I applaud Battle Creek Unlimited and the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance for doing the necessary work to secure these grants,” Bizon said.

A key component of the Michigan Build Ready Sites Program is the establishment of vetted site standards, a voluntary resource that provides a critical roadmap to helping Michigan sites achieve “shovel ready” status. These standards include appropriate planning and zoning, boundary survey, and proper soil and environmental conditions.

Local and regional economic development or community partners had until June 1 to submit applications that demonstrated a plan and pathway to a vetted site.

Grant funds under the program could be used for activities including site development studies or site material development, site implementation or land assembly activities, and more.