Project Profile - The Blue Water Convention Center

by Jeff Hawkins and Dave Stegink
May 26, 2015

blue water convention center

A feasibility study by the City of Port Huron and St. Clair County in 2010 identified the need for approximately 40,000 square feet of mixed-use space to host a variety of functions such as concerts, shows, exhibits, conferences, and other large events. St. Clair County, the City of Port Huron, and JB Real Estate Development LLC proposed to develop a new, publicly owned convention center, private renovation of the Thomas Edison Inn, expansion and reconstruction of the existing attached restaurant. In addition, adjacent to the hotel, Baker College intended on developing a culinary school to complement the development. The project is located on approximately 12.5 acres at and around 500 Thomas Edison Parkway in the City of Port Huron along the St. Clair River with a dominating view of the beautiful Blue Water Bridge.

This visionary public/private partnership came at a time of economic uncertainty for the area and required bold leadership, investment and support to become a reality.

Envirologic as the approved consultant to the St. Clair County Brownfield Redevelopment Coalition, helped guide the local units of government through the process of local and State government approvals necessary to put the plan into place and helped foster a spirit of cooperation between State and local governments.

Read about the Project Challenges and final outcome.

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act 381 workplan  brownfield redevelopment authority  brownfield plan  michigan strategic fund  port huron  public/private partnership  st. clair county  tax increment financing

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