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Grants awarded to Innovation Center, Annika Place

Grants awarded to Innovation Center, Annika Place

By Beth Milligan | July 1, 2024

Two local projects — the Traverse City Freshwater Research & Innovation Center and the Annika Place affordable housing complex — have received major state grants.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced Monday that a $1 million EGLE grant will go to the Traverse City Freshwater Research & Innovation Center. According to EGLE, the grant will pay for “site assessments, removal of contaminated groundwater and soil, asbestos abatement and demolition.” The 9.24-acre site has been used for manufacturing, auto repair and boat storage since 1971, according to EGLE, and is “now contaminated with PFAS, metals and petroleum compounds.”

EGLE notes that the $28 million center is expected to “generate millions of dollars a year in research funding and create 30 new jobs. It will be owned by Discovery Center Great Lakes, which is already investing $7.5 million in the redevelopment of the Discovery Pier across the street. Construction of the Freshwater Research & Innovation Center is expected to begin in spring 2027.”

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has also announced approval for financing for phase two of Annika Place, an affordable housing complex on Garfield Avenue. “The $18 million Annika Place II development will add 52 affordable housing units, five of which are accessible, to the region, including 19 one- and two-bedroom permanent supportive housing units and 33 one- and two-bedroom general occupancy units,” according to MSHDA. “The project will be supported by $16.9 million in MSHDA financing.”


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