Lakeshore Environmental’s Grand Haven Office Gets A New Look

LEI’s Grand Haven office is looking fresh with a new coat of exterior block sealant and paint. The process wasn’t pretty, however; power washing revealed the layers of old paint (teal green?!) from the buildings historic past. Once a local service substation for the telephone company, a furniture company, and various other businesses, it’s no surprise that the building has an environmental history too: a gasoline underground storage tank (UST) once released fuel into the soil and groundwater. The tanks were removed and environmental investigation work was conducted in the 1990’s prior to Lakeshore’s ownership in 2004. Our building is 20170515_093205proof that old properties can have new lives! LEI’s team of professionals can help you with commercial real estate, USTs, and even help to source brownfield funding for your next project. We’re happy to hear from you and hear your story, just give us a call!

Ribbon Cutting Celebration – Grand Rapids Office

On November 3, 2016, LEI celebrated the opening of our office at 800 Monroe Avenue, NW (Suite 120) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Previously on Three Mile Road in Walker, we moved to this location to be close to our downtown clients and to enjoy the urban lifestyle.  For more on our open house and ribbon cutting, visit the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.grandrapids.org/lakeshore-environmental-inc/.

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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.

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.

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.

Brownfield Redevelopment Completed in Grand Haven

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Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) was retained by a local business (GLASSource) to provide environmental services necessary for the successful restoration and redevelopment of a former machine shop located in Grand Haven, Michigan.  The former machine shop was compromised with unusable building space and adverse environmental conditions.  LEI utilized its Brownfield expertise to: assist the developer with demolition activities and complete complex Baseline Environmental Assessment, Due Care, and Response Activities for approval by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Small Business Administration.  The project resulted in the restoration and refurbishment of approximately 70,000 plus square feet of existing building space, construction of nearly 20,000 square feet of new office and industrial space, creation of new jobs, increased tax base for the City of Grand Haven, and significantly improved aesthetic and environmental conditions.  The repurposed building now serves as the main headquarters and production facility for GLASSource, a specialty glass and mirror manufacturer.

Revitalizing A Former Industrial Property

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) has been retained by a growing local industrial company to assist with the Brownfield redevelopment of vacant industrial land located in Muskegon County, Michigan.  With a history of over 100 years of heavy industrial activity, the environmental integrity of this property has been compromised, requiring the need for significant Brownfield redevelopment incentives to facilitate the project.  LEI has been tasked with procuring Brownfield redevelopment funds to assist with comprehensive assessment of the property and response activities to ensure safe redevelopment.  LEI will complete a Baseline Environmental Assessment, Due Care Plan, and other documents to protect the developer and end user.

The redevelopment will involve the construction of a new industrial facility, which will result in improved environmental and aesthetic conditions on the property, significantly increased tax revenue for the community, and new job creation.  Construction activities are expected to commence in the fall of 2014.