City Commission receives update on Brownfield Projects

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette City Commission learned more about current and future Brownfield projects Tuesday night.

The purpose of the meeting was to give the current City Commission a better understanding of current Brownfield projects, as well as the Authority's role.

"I think it's important that the commission learn the details of what is currently in place and what is in the future," said Marquette City Manager Mike Angeli.

A number of major projects through the Authority are currently in operation.

"You can see what's happened with the Brownfields in the city of Marquette,” said Sheri Davie, executive director of the Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. “You can see our skyline changing with the new hospital, with Varidea and the amazing things they've done, or Founders Landing and the expansions planned there."

These projects look to develop or redevelop areas that may be blighted, hazardous, or otherwise dangerous. Development often leads to additional tax revenue and growth for the city.

"It's kind of a win-win that the developer gets to use tax dollars to reinvest back into the project, we get some needed public improvements, and it's really a win for both of us," said Angeli.

In addition to giving purpose to blighted areas, the projects bring jobs to the area, and more.

"You have all these intangibles of people coming in and living in the area, spending their money at the restaurants, the gas stations, the grocery store, everything that supports the community," said Davie.

A number of future projects are still on the horizon, including Founders Landing Parcel 2, the former Marquette General Hospital Property, and pier redevelopment at Founders Landing.

"The Lakeshore Boulevard project, the replacement that we've been dealing with, if we can sell the Cliffs-Dow property to a developer then a Brownfield Plan can be created to offset our matching fees for that plan," said Angeli.

The Authority hopes to keep developing these projects and submit recommendations to the City Commission sometime in the future.

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