Brownfields to Green Golf Courses in Michigan

A former industrial corridor in Benton Harbor, Michigan is being transformed into a resort community complete with golf course.

Jonathan Mahler walks us through the former contaminated sites that lie under the golf course:

"...holes No. 4 and No. 5 were the slag pit for a company that made automobile brakes. Holes No. 14 and 15 were a former Superfund site once occupied by a company that used radium and mercury to manufacture components for fighter planes."

The site is surrounded by housing projects and poor neighborhoods - the development is meant to create jobs and improve the local economic climate.

Full Story: Now That the Factories Are Closed, It’s Tee Time in Benton Harbor, Mich.

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