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Lakeshore Environmental’s Grand Haven Office Gets A New Look

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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

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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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Beechtree Leasing, LLC Redevelopment ProjectIMG_3057

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.

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

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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.