LEI was recently tasked with conducting a bathymetry survey along Muskegon Lake. Patrick Taylor (CAD/GIS Specialist) utilized LEI’s Trimble unit and work boat. The bathymetry is key in creating a final design for site development and reclamation.
LEI assisted an roofing granular and abrasives manufacturer with industrial compliance related tasks at the client’s locations in Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, and Montana. Specifically, LEI assisted the client with storm water management and spill prevention and controls, to include the development of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans. A template was developed that allowed LEI to implement the Plans across the client’s multiple facilities, allowing each facility to have similar compliance plans for streamlined implementation and use. LEI’s knowledgeable staff were able to work with each state’s specific requirements, ensuring overall compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations.
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.
LEI was retained by the City of Grand Haven to develop an alternative wetland mitigation plan that would be used to facilitate the construction of wetland on Harbor Island. The alternative wetland mitigation plan prepared by LEI was approximately $200,000 less than original plans prepared by another consulting firm.
In addition to the development aspects of the project, LEI was also contracted to obtain regulatory approval of the wetland mitigation plan and construct the wetland. Regulatory approval of the alternative wetland mitigation plan has been obtained and construction of the wetland has commenced. LEI expects to have the project completed by the end of 2014.
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.
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.