Village of Ravenna hires LEI for Brownfield Redevelopment Services

By | Brownfields, Projects, Uncategorized

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.

Muskegon Heights Brownfield Redevelopment

By | Brownfields, Projects

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) in collaboration with the City of Muskegon Heights,successfully obtained a $200,000 grant form the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to assist in the expansion of a medical facility.  The expansion required the acquisition and redevelopment of a contaminated property formerly utilized as an auto repair and sales shop.

Environmental activities completed by LEI included the following: soil and groundwater sampling; completion of a Phase I ESA, Phase II Investigation, Baseline Environmental Assessment, and Due Care Plan; supervision of contaminated soil and hoist removal; removal of an abandoned underground storage tank; asbestos and lead-paint surveys; and oversight of building demolition activities.

Brownfield Redevelopment, Cadillac, Michigan

By | Brownfields, Environmental Incentives


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.


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.

Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive Package

By | Brownfields, Environmental Incentives

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.