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.

Village of Ravenna hires LEI for Brownfield Redevelopment Services

LEI assisted the Village of Ravenna (Village) with the creation of a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in early 2013.  Creation of the BRA enabled the Village to pursue Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Brownfield Redevelopment Grant and Loan funding to assist with the conversion of a contaminated former automotive dealership to a commercial retail store.  LEI assisted the Village with obtaining $149,250 in MDEQ Brownfield Redevelopment Grant and Loan funds for completion of Baseline Environmental Assessment activities; asbestos, lead-paint, and ballast surveys; contaminated soil removal; a Due Care Plan; and wetland cleanup of tires and automotive parts.

In addition, LEI prepared a Brownfield Plan and Act 381 Work Plan to facilitate tax capture of new local and state tax increments generated from the redevelopment project for a short period of time.  The tax capture will be utilized to pay back the MDEQ Loan funds, reimburse the developer for approved eligible environmental costs previously incurred, and create a local site remediation revolving fund.

Blight Elimination Grant funding through the Michigan Land Bank was also obtained by the Village and was utilized to offset demolition costs relative to the redevelopment.

The redevelopment project commenced in April 2013 and is expected to be completed by early July 2013.

Food Processor Retains LEI for Wastewater Engineering and Management Services

A West Michigan based food processor has contracted LEI to engineer and construct two lined basins for management of process wastewater.  The basins will provide proper storage of process wastewater for treatment prior to eventual land application pursuant to applicable regulatory guidelines. 

LEI will monitor the ongoing operation of this system to ensure optimal performance and protection of the environment.  Eventual land application of the process wastewater will result in the recharge of groundwater, a precious Michigan resource. 

This project is another example of how LEI has developed a sustainable solution to a business challenge, which will also result in long-term monetary savings to our client.

Gas Station Owner Hires LEI for Remediation Services

A Newaygo County gas station owner has retained LEI for remedial investigation and cleanup activities related to a leaking underground storage tank system.  LEI will be tasked with initially evaluating the extent of soil and groundwater contamination followed by source removal activities.  

LEI obtained the work based on our client interaction skills, regulatory knowledge, experience with similar type jobs, staff and resource capabilities, and quick turnaround of services.  Activities at this facility are slated to commence in May 2013.

LEI obtains wetland permit for restoration project

As part of a brownfield redevelopment project in southeastern Muskegon County, LEI secured a Wetland Permit through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, under provisions of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, and Parts 31 and 303.  The Wetland Permit will enable LEI to restore regulated wetland along a prime trout stream that historically served as a dumping area.  Items to be removed from the dumping area include automobile parts, tires, metal, broken concrete, and other materials.

LEI retained for large soil remediation project

LEI will be supervising the removal of hundreds of cubic yards of arsenic impacted soil to facilitate a proposed residential development in the southeast portion of West Michigan.  The arsenic impacted soil exceeds DEQ direct contact cleanup criteria and threatens future land-use options.  During a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and subsequent Phase II Investigation, LEI determined that the property was a former orchard where insecticides were likely applied.