Marquette City Commission votes to begin process of selling former Cliffs-Dow site

Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 9:58 PM EDT
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Monday night the city of Marquette furthered the chance for development on the former Cliffs-Dow site. After lengthy discussion and rounds of public comment, the City Commission unanimously supported a resolution of intent to sell the property to the locally owned Veridea Group.

The city of Marquette got the site about 36 years ago and has been working with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE, formerly the DEQ) to clean up the contaminated site. As part of the process, Veridea released very preliminary concepts for the site which would include various forms of housing.

"It's a site that really has no other purpose, no other value to anybody else, it can't be a recreational site so I think it's the best way to go," said Marquette City Manager, Mike Angeli.

Commissioners noted this is very early on in the process of developing the land. Many more steps must be completed including site plan reviews and further environmental testing.