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 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.

Brownfield Redevelopment, Cadillac, Michigan

Before

A developer for a national retail chain selected Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) to assist with the redevelopment of a contaminated former service station (the Site) located in Cadillac, Michigan.  On behalf of the developer, LEI completed the appropriate cleanup liability protection documentation required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  In addition, LEI prepared a Brownfield Plan Amendment (BPA) that was approved by the Cadillac Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and City of Cadillac (City).  Simultaneous to the BPA approval, LEI prepared an Act 381 Work Plan and DEQ Loan Application.

After

The Work Plan was approved by DEQ and approximately $143,000 in DEQ loan funds were provided to the City to assist the developer with eligible environmental costs associated with the redevelopment of the Site.  The loan funds were utilized to facilitate the completion of the following eligible environmental activities: soil sampling; soil gas monitoring; preparation of loan work plans; oversight of contaminated soil/debris excavation and disposal; due care oversight and reporting.  New tax revenue generated from the project will be utilized to repay the DEQ loan.

Invasive Species and Habitat Restoration Grant

On behalf of a private mining company, Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) obtained a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to eradicate invasive plant species (phragmites) that had overtaken an area of coastal waterfront known for its diverse migratory shorebird habitat.

The grant funds, along with an additional private investment of $5,000, were utilized to eliminate the phragmites, restore native vegetation, conduct educational workshops, and devise a long-term invasive species management plan for the mining company.

Water Quality Grant

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) assisted a West Michigan waterfront community in obtaining a $24,000 grant through the Coastal Zone Management Program administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The grant was used to compile local water quality data in a centralized document, conduct local workshops to educate the public on water quality concerns and remedies, and create a Clean Water Legacy Plan for future community waterfront planning efforts.

Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive Package

To assist a growing marketing firm desiring to expand in a West Michigan waterfront downtown community, Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) provided various environmental services related to the acquisition and redevelopment of a contaminated property within the city.

These services were funded via a $220,000 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Brownfield Redevelopment Grant and a $50,000 low-interest Economic Development Corporation loan through the local community (to be paid back from new tax revenue generated as a result of the redevelopment).  In addition, LEI was instrumental in securing a $200,000 Michigan Business Tax Credit to further incentivize the redevelopment of this property based on the financial investment and job creation.