Former paint store site in Lake Linden to be redeveloped

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Seen here is the former Lakes Building Supply property in Lake Linden. Redevelopment of the site could take place by the end of the construction season.

LAKE LINDEN — Three new units of single-family housing will hopefully be up in Lake Linden by the end of the construction season, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Jeff Ratcliffe told the Lake Linden Village Council Thursday.

The plan calls for the former Lakes Building Supply store on Front Street to be torn down and replaced with calls for three units, each valued at about $150,000.

Houghton County recently received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Land Bank for demolition of the vacant building on site. To cover the rest of demolition and site preparation, the plan is to get funding from the state Brownfield Authority and establish the site as a Tax Increment Finance district.

“We’ll just be capturing local taxes, so none of the school millage will be captured,” Ratcliffe said.

Lake Linden may also be asked to help with things such as utility connections or blacktopping surfaces back over after sewer and water are hooked up, Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe said a lead and asbestos survey has already been ordered, while requests for proposal have also been prepared for demolition and redevelopment. The county Land Bank Authority is slated to take up the approval of the RFPs on April 29.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also do an environmental assessment of the property after demolition. Initial plans are for the assessment to be done in June, Ratcliffe said.

“I’m going to keep my fingers crossed we don’t have any asbestos remediation issues,” he said.

Ratcliffe said he hoped to have RFPs out in early May, and get a demolition proposal back within a couple of weeks.

The development proposals will call for permanent one-story residences with two to three bedrooms. The buildings may be stick-built, modular, or panelized. Manufactured homes are not included.

“We want something that’s permanent,” Ratcliffe said.