Marquette's Founders Landing

by Erik Peterson
Jun 28, 2019

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Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) recently featured Marquette, Michigan's, Founders Landing Project in a Brownfield Flips video. Because of our experience and long history working in Marquette County, we had the opportunity to be involved with the project; Project Manager Erik Peterson explains that involvement in the description below.

Envirologic has been conducting due diligence and brownfield services on behalf of new developers preparing to make a significant investment on the Founders Landing site in Marquette. For over 100 years, the area was utilized as a rail yard with additional environmental concerns associated with the former presence of a gasoline station. The history of the site has resulted in environmental impacts that must be addressed during redevelopment. The newest redevelopment on the Founders Landing site will consist of the construction of a three-story, 15,400-square-foot hotel; the development of twenty-six townhouses; and the creation of a 5,000-square-foot commercial building.

Envirologic has focused on obtaining an exemption to remedial liability for the developers for pre-existing conditions and also ensuring that redevelopment is completed in a manner that ensures there will be no unacceptable health exposures in the future. In particular, Envirologic is overseeing the implementation of vapor intrusion mitigation measures for the new construction.

In addition to the due diligence, Envirologic has been working with the City of Marquette's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the city's consultant, and EGLE to secure brownfield incentives for the site through a Brownfield Plan and Act 381 Work Plan. Specific eligible activities subject to reimbursement through tax increment revenue include environmental due diligence, specialized foundations, soil management, and vapor intrusion mitigation systems.

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