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City of Otsego formally supports plan to re-develop former paper mill

Posted at 10:48 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 10:48:02-05

OTSEGO, Mich. — The Otsego City Commission is formally supporting the Rock-Tenn Brownfield Plan, which lays out plans to pay for investments made to turn a blighted former paper mill into a new development.

Costs include demolition, environmental testing/remediation and land preparation for development, according to a news release Monday.

Otsego commissioners supported the plan during a Dec. 21 meeting and it must be approved by the Allegan County Board of Commissioners this month to take effect.

Once the plan is in place, Allegan County could begin taking steps toward demolition of the facility.

Officials say the plan’s implementation would be a big step toward a “major transformation” within Otsego’s Helen Avenue neighborhood.

As the Rock-Tenn facility currently sits, it’s a source of potential harm to trespassers and growing blight to nearby properties, according to the city.