Bay Mills Indian Community will develop approximately 90 new home sites, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to award the tribe grants totaling $4 million to develop water and sewer systems.
Two separate grants, totaling $2 million each, will fund the construction of water and sewer infrastructure for the tribe’s planned Plantation Hills Housing Development, which is located on the Bay Mills Indian Reservation near Brimley. Completion of the housing development had been stalled for nearly a decade, due to lack of funding for critical infrastructure.
There is a high demand for single-family homes within the boundaries of the Bay Mills Indian Reservation, and many community members living outside of community wish to return to Bay Mills to live and work.
“These grants will help Bay Mills put more tribal members on the path to homeownership. With utilities in place, tribal members may soon apply to banks for construction/mortgage loans,” said Bay Mills Indian Community Chairman Bryan Newland. “This project will create jobs and meet the demand for local housing in our community.”