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!

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 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 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.

Brownfield redevelopment cleanup activities commence near Pittsburg, PA

A national chain commercial retail developer retained Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) to conduct environmental cleanup activities associated with the redevelopment of a property near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  The property formerly operated as a service station.

LEI recently supervised the removal of an underground storage tank and will complete soil excavation activities by the end of September 2014.  It is anticipated that the redevelopment will be completed by late fall of 2014.

City of Muskegon Heights retains LEI for Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Project

LEI has been retained by the City of Muskegon Heights to manage a $100,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The grant funds will be used for Baseline Environmental Assessment activities, due care investigation, and response activities related to the redevelopment of a former crane manufacturing property.  Redevelopment of the property will involve the construction of a new industrial facility, resulting in the creation of new jobs, a significant increase to the City’s tax base, and improved aesthetic and environmental conditions.

 

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.

 

Brownfield Plan Amendments Approved in 2 West Michigan Communities

In February 2014, LEI prepared Brownfield Plan Amendments (BPAs) for commercial redevelopment projects in the City of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township.  These redevelopment projects require LEI to prepare environmental liability protection documents, complete response activities, and demolition oversight.  Both BPAs were approved by respective Brownfield Authorities and units of government, enabling the capture of local tax increment revenues for reimbursement of eligible activities under the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, Act 381 of 1996, as amended.

In addition, LEI has prepared and submitted Act 381 Work Plans to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approval of state tax capture for reimbursement of eligible activities.

Redevelopment of these Brownfields involves significant private investment, which will improve the aesthetic and environmental condition of these properties, increase the tax base for these units of government, create jobs, and encourage community revitalization.

Former Service Station Converted to Restaurant

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Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) was retained by a local developer to assist with the redevelopment of a brownfield site, which formerly operated as a service station in Muskegon County.  Environmental services completed by LEI to facilitate the safe redevelopment of the site included removal of underground storage tanks; completion of a Phase I ESA and Phase II ESA; and preparation of a BEA and Due Care Plan.

LEI worked with a municipality to establish a local brownfield redevelopment grant program, which was utilized to reimburse the developer for a portion of environmental costs incurred.