Woodland Mall Redevelopment
BLDI was retained by a development company to conduct the necessary environmental due diligence involved with the purchase of a large parcel located in Kentwood, Michigan. Previous uses of the property included a large department store with a second building formerly a gas station and automotive repair. To aid with the funding of the development BLDI worked with the local government and state to secure tax increment funding (TIF). The TIF funding was able to cover costs for the project including environmental investigation, asbestos abatement, demolition of a building, and installation of a vapor barrier with sub-slab depressurization (SSDS) system, among others.
In addition, Michigan Department of Energy, Great Lakes, and Environment (EGLE) elected to use state money to conduct a cleanup associated with the former use of the property as a gas station. Approximately 8,300 tons of soil was removed and disposed at a licensed landfill during the excavation activities. In addition, due to the presence of groundwater at the site, 53,800 gallons of water were also removed during excavation activities. Despite the best efforts to remove all residual soil and groundwater contamination, there was a limited area of contamination left onsite which necessitated the installation of the SSDS system and vapor barrier for the new building.
During the different phases of this project, BLDI utilized its expertise to prepare Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, a Baseline Environmental Assessments, Due Care Plans, Documentation of Due Care Compliance, and an ACT 381 Plan. Additionally, BLDI was able to work with the building construction team to design the SSDS system. The project resulted in the construction of a several new retail stores, creation of new jobs, and aesthetically improved the area.
The TIF funding was able to cover costs for the project including environmental investigation, asbestos abatement, demolition of a building, and installation of a vapor barrier with sub-slab depressurization (SSDS) system.