Grant money from the state has been approved to assist developers with the cost of bringing down the stacks at the former Sappi Fine Paper mill in Muskegon. The $1,000,000 grant is from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
It's expected to cover most of the cost, associated with removing asbestos laced paint, from the exterior of the stacks, and then knocking them down. They have until November 2018 to use the grand money, but hope to bring the stacks down this year.
Developers want to build "Windward Point" at the former mill property. Investors say the project would include a mix of housing, outdoor recreation, restaurants, offices, hotels, and marinas.