LEI Grand Rapids Office Expands to New Location

LEI is pleased to announce that our Grand Rapids office will be moving to a larger location that will accommodate our continued growth.  Our new location, 800 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 120, is situated in a revitalized brownfield corridor along the east side of the Grand River in the City of Grand Rapids.  The anticipated relocation date is June 2016.

We are grateful to all of our loyal clients for putting us in this position.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to LEI!

 

Beechtree Party Store – A Brownfield Success Story

IMG_3477An abandoned brownfield property, located along the busy Beechtree Street corridor in Grand Haven, has been revitalized into a new party store and fueling station, which opened for business on March 14, 2016.  This is a major victory for the community as this parcel had been idle for several years and was on the verge of foreclosure in early 2015.

LEI assisted a new owner with the acquisition and redevelopment of the site by overseeing the removal of four 10,000-gallon underground storage tanks; completing Phase I & II ESAs; preparing a BEA, Documentation of Due Care Compliance report, and Act 381 Combined Brownfield and Work Plan; and supervising the removal of contaminated soil and implementation of a vapor intrusion mitigation system.  To help offset the environmental costs associated with this project, LEI obtained USEPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funds from Ottawa County’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and developed a tax increment financing plan that was approved by the City of Grand Haven and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

LEI hires new Project Scientist

LEI has hired a new Project Scientist, Andrew DeLodder, to assist with the growing needs of our expanding ESA/Brownfield Department.  Andrew is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.  Prior to joining LEI, Mr. DeLodder worked at Tanknology as an Environmental Compliance Technician.

Grand Haven Brownfield Redevelopment Project Taking Shape

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The restoration process has begun for a 1903 brick building on Grand Haven’s northeast side.  This former two-story industrial building will be repurposed into professional office space for a growing development and construction company.

LEI partnered with the City of Grand Haven to obtain DEQ grant and loan funds that would assist with the redevelopment.  Grant and loan funds were necessary to address the Brownfield conditions on the Site, primarily involving lead-paint and asbestos abatement, interior demolition activities, and the development of a vapor intrusion mitigation system.

LEI Awarded Two USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants

In an ongoing effort to support Michigan’s food processing industry, LEI submitted two applications for grants for the 2015-2016 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program administered in Michigan through the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Both grant applications were approved and contractual documents were completed in October 2015.

During this grant period, LEI will continue our study to assess water reduction and reuse strategies and assess the feasibility of a revolutionary wastewater disposal method rarely used in Michigan.

Please visit LEI’s SCBG Project Page for more information.

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Anlaan Corporation Brownfield Success

AfterCongratulations to Anlaan Corporation (Anlaan) on moving to their new corporate headquarters in Grand Haven Township, Michigan!  LEI partnered with Anlaan to make this move a reality by preparing a Brownfield redevelopment plan that facilitated the capture of local and school taxes for reimbursement of eligible Brownfield costs related to the project.  Eligible activity costs covered under the plan included the demolition of an old industrial building, repurposing an existing building, proper removal and disposal of contaminated soil, asbestos abatement, preparation of Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, and completion of a Baseline Environmental Assessment, Due Care Plan, Brownfield Plan and Act 381 Work Plan.  These costs were approved by the Grand Haven Township Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

LEI retained for Brownfield redevelopment work at two Grand Haven properties

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Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) will be involved in two Brownfield redevelopment projects on the east end of Grand Haven.  These projects consist of repurposing a 1903 two-story industrial building into new professional office space and constructing a new fueling station and convenience store at an abandoned gas station.  LEI prepared Act 381 Combined Brownfield and Work Plans that were approved by the City of Grand Haven and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, enabling capture of new tax increment revenues for a period of time to pay for eligible environmental activities.  In addition to the tax capture approvals, LEI secured a $150,000 grant and $180,000 loan from the MDEQ for eligible activities at the proposed professional office building redevelopment.

Eligible environmental activities will include, but are not limited to, the following: installation of vapor intrusion mitigations systems, contaminated soil disposal, lead abatement as a response activity, and demolition.

The professional office building redevelopment is slated to commence in October 2015 with a completion date of early 2016.  It is anticipated that the new fueling station will be constructed by mid November 2015.

Kirk Perschbacher attends GVSU Annual Enrichment Dinner

KWP, GVSU Dinner - June '15Kirk Perschbacher, Project Geologist at Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI), (along with wife Katie) attended the 2015 Enrichment Dinner for Grand Valley State University in support of the Grand Valley Annual Fund. The event is put on each year to honor donors to the university who have given in support of the fund, which uses its donations to provide educational opportunities and monetary relief for students and their families. LEI has long supported GVSU by hosting students for internships and providing speakers to attend workshops and classes that educate students about opportunities in the environmental sciences.

Muskegon Heights Redevelopment Project Taking Shape

Future Versatile Fabrication Industrial FacilityConstruction of the new Versatile Fabrication manufacturing facility is well underway with an expected completion date of spring 2015.  The new facility is located on a contaminated former crane manufacturing site.  LEI helped facilitate the redevelopment of the site by assisting the City of Muskegon Heights in obtaining a $100,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  Grant funds have been used to prepare a Baseline Environmental Assessment for the new site owner and operator, conduct due care reporting and investigation activities, and complete necessary response activities.