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/.
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 proof 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!
On Saturday, September 24, the Monroe North Business Association sponsored ArtBeat, a first annual community event in the heart of the Monroe North Business District, one of Grand Rapids’ recently revitalized neighborhoods that is experiencing a renaissance of commerce, culture and fun. This rejuvenated industrial neighborhood is home to our Grand Rapids office, and LEI joined in ArtBeat by handing out and stamping ArtBeat passports that encouraged visitors to take an interactive journey through the Monroe North Business District as they experienced ArtPrize. The neighborhood is hosting over 100 ArtPrize entries this year. ArtPrize is an annual art competition in Grand Rapids that has earned a reputation as the most-attended public art event in the world.
As of July 11, 2016, LEI is hiring for the following positions:
- Professional Engineer (PE) – Civil and/or Environmental
- CAD Drafter
- Administrative Assistant
- Senior Field Technician
This hiring is in response to LEI’s stable growth and expansion in a variety of professional sectors. Please visit www.lakeshoreenvironmental.com/careers for more information.
An 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.
Beechtree Leasing, LLC Redevelopment Project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.