Surveying Blight in the U.P.

by Pam Jackson
Nov 17, 2015


Envirologic recently developed and completed a Blight & Brownfield Survey with the City of Ishpeming. The intent of the survey was to better understand the distribution, number, and condition of properties in the targeted "Inspiration Zone." Residents of the Zone formed a committee with the goal of building a grassroots network of invested and ambitious homeowners, renters, and landlords to help restore and revitalize their neighborhood. The program is a private endeavor that receives in-kind support from the city of Ishpeming and Marquette County.

Project Scientist, Caitlin Andler spent two days surveying properties with committee coordinator Bob Marietti and representatives from the City and County. The survey included property identification, property condition information and site photos to help the community develop a comprehensive review of the focus area. The survey data will help the City, County, and residents develop a plan for redevelopment or repurpose of the blighted structures and properties. Additionally, the results provide a snapshot of community issues that affect this targeted population. Items like access to transportation, recreation, community services, and the like were analyzed as part of the survey.

We'll continue to share updates on this project as additional data is analyzed and plans are made to revitalize the Zone. If you are interested in learning more about the development of the survey, how the survey was completed, and data analyzed, please contact Envirologic' President, Jeff Hawkins. Jeff has been working closely with Marquette County as it is Environmental Consultant for many years and has been closely involved with this meaningful project.

*The image used in this article is not from the Ishpeming survey.

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