City receives EPA grant to aid proposed Salsaria's cleanup

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The Ivy Gallery is located at 146 E. Chicago Blvd. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

City officials recently received word that the Downriver Area Brownfield Consortium authorized $20,000 from their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for assessment work to be conducted for the proposed Salsaria’s restaurant site in downtown Tecumseh.

In May, Salsaria’s owner Valerie Robichaud began exploring possible expansion in Tecumseh and Tecumseh City Council members adopted a resolution allowing Salsaria’s LLC to apply for a new Class C liquor license for 146 E. Chicago Blvd., the current home of The Ivy Gallery. Robichaud currently owns a Salsaria’s restaurant in Adrian and said her business has been in operation for 21 years. She said she’d been interested in adding a Tecumseh location for a long time. Robichaud is proposing a $280,000 investment into the business.

Council members supported the city’s application in June to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for a Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to support the redevelopment of the property, which had once been a dry cleaning facility.

Tecumseh Economic Development Director Paula Holtz said the news of the grant approval was good news, and added that it would be utilized in conjunction with the MDEQ Clean Michigan Initiative grant, which will be used for assessment and remediation work at the site, if successful.

“That grant is a ‘biggie;’ we’ve applied for $175,000,” said Holtz. “We should be receiving final word on that grant by October 4.”

Holtz said there are a few other details that have to fall into line before the project can proceed. “Hopefully things can move relatively quickly if we receive word that the grant has been approved,” she said.

Once the assessment and remediation work are completed, the owner’s plans include the addition of a new commercial kitchen and building upgrades. It is expected that seven to ten full-time jobs could be created through the addition of the new restaurant site.




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