Muskegon Mall Environmental Site Assessments

P&N helps Muskegon transform an abandoned downtown mall into a thriving commercial district.


An enclosed mall in downtown Muskegon had closed in 2001. A private community group purchased the property and, in cooperation with the City, began looking for ways to “redevelop” the downtown.

The mall owners and the City of Muskegon decided to demolish the existing enclosed mall and redevelop the streets and right-of-ways that were blocked off when the enclosed downtown mall was originally constructed. Individual parcels of land could then be sold to developers. Additionally, several attached structures were deemed of historic significance and were kept in place.

The City was awarded loans and grants through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Brownfield Redevelopment program to assist in these redevelopment efforts. P&N was chosen to perform Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments and to prepare Baseline Site Assessments (BEAs) and Due Care Plans for parcels being sold. These included the City’s right-of-ways, vacant properties, and some of the historic buildings.

Muskegon planned to put streets back in through that area. P&N performed environmental testing and prepared a Due Care Plan to address contaminated soils during and after construction of the new streets, utilities and sidewalks.

Three buildings attached to the mall were determined to have historical significance and were not torn down. P&N performed Phase I and II ESAs and a BEA and prepared a Due Care Plan for soils on site. The buildings are being renovated for retail on the lower levels and residential use in the upper levels.

The majority of these projects were funded with a Site Assessment Fund Grant.

Contact

Project Manager Barbara Marczak, PE, 231-798-0101

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