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City of Muskegon receives $3 million from Michigan EGLE for three redevelopment projects

 Crews have already begun working on Harbor 31 off Muskegon Lake, a new mixed use development
Daniel Boothe
Photo shows crews working on Harbor 31 off Muskegon Lake. The site will soon be home to a new mixed use development that will live on a once industrialized property

The City of Muskegon was awarded a combined $3 million in funding from the Michigan Department of Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Funding from the Brownfield Redevelopment funds will go toward three projects including Adelaide Point, the former Shaw Walker Furniture Company, and Harbor 31.

A $1 million grant be used for Adelaide Pointe to pay for the treatment of contaminated groundwater and the demolition of a concrete foundation.

According to EGLE, the former foundry is contaminated with PFAS, petroleum and solvent compounds and metals. The project includes the redevelopment of a four-story 55 unit apartment building and a three story building with retail office and restaurant space as well as a 172 slip marina.

Meanwhile, a $1 million loan will be used to further investigations into the historic former Shaw Walker Furniture Company. The building is expected to be turned into 552 units of new condos and apartments.

According to EGLE the site has been contaminated with metals, petroleum compounds, solvents, and cyanide. The city of Muskegon says 85% of the buildings on the property are vacant or blighted, have asbestos and lead paint, and are considered a public safety hazard.

Funds from the Brownfield Redevelopment loan will also go toward the installation of vapor mitigation systems, abatement of asbestos and lead paint, and removal of wood block flooring.

Lastly, the Harbor 31 project will use its $1 million loan to help clear the way for new housing, a hotel, boardwalk, and commercial space on Lake Muskegon. Funds will go toward further assessments of the site and a vapor mitigation system.

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