Ambitious Redevelopment Seeks $1.35M to Clean Up Shuttered Mill

The county Board of Commissioners authorized its Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to apply for a $1.25 million DEQ loan and $100,000 grant to mitigate contamination of a former Vicksburg paper mill. Paper City Development LLC. plans redevelop the long-vacant mill complex into an $50 million brewery and mixed-use space.

Joe Agostinelli, a partner with regional economic development organization Southwest Michigan First, said Moore’s vision for the site is impressive. Communities seeking to take a leap forward in terms of development need someone who is personally invested and willing to put up a lot of money, he said.

“I have to compliment the Paper City team, especially Chris, for putting his money where his mouth is and taking on a really challenging project,” Agostinelli said. “We’re excited for the opportunity for us to market this property around the country.”

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