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The BRA meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We also meet as needed at the request of property owners or developers when they have projects with tight construction schedules.
The City or the DDA can also undertake public utility and infrastructure improvements in the vicinity of a Brownfield redevelopment project, such as water main extensions, sanitary and storm sewer replacements or upgrades, street improvements (repaving or improving), streetscaping (street light upgrades and planting of trees), construction of waterfront parks and river-walks, construction of public marinas, parking structures, etc. The prerequisite for receiving public financial assistance for doing building or public infrastructure improvements is that there is private investment that will create jobs and will generate future tax revenues that will support Tax Increment Financing.
For example, if the current property tax of a blighted or a contaminated, or partially empty building in our Downtown is $1,000 per year, and the future tax of the property once redeveloped into storefronts and apartments is $4,500 per year, the BRA can “capture” the difference between current and future tax, the $3,500, and give that amount back to the party that paid for the redevelopment work. It is important to remember that the current tax of $1,000 paid by the property owner will continue going to the various taxing entities; the taxing entities do not lose any tax. Only the incremental (new) tax is used to reimburse redevelopment expenses. Once the redevelopment expenses have been reimbursed, all property taxes (current and future) go to the taxing entities for many years into the future.
2. The BlueFish restaurant is an example of redevelopment support provided by the BRA in collaboration with the City and DDA for the recruitment and startup of the restaurant. The property is a Brownfield because of the presence of contamination and the historic nature of the building. Therefore it qualified for use of Federal funds for the environmental due diligence done by the BRA on behalf of the new owners.
3. The former Golden Apple building on 334 River Street was the recipient of a Brownfield redevelopment grant awarded to the BRA by the MDEQ to clean up contaminated soils under the building, remove old automotive service equipment, replace oil stained floors and demolish a portion of the building. In addition to managing the grant work, the BRA also helped the new owner to secure a Brownfield tax credit, and created a Brownfield TIF plan to reimburse some of the owner’s redevelopment expenses.
4. The BRA used funding from two Federal grants to study the environmental issues at the Iron Works property to determine the extent and costs of the remediation needed to redevelop the property. As recently as 2013, the BRA also completed asbestos and lead paint surveys as part of the preparation for the opening of the Iron Works Café.
5. Since 2008, the BRA has facilitated the redevelopment of sections of the former General Chemical property, initially for the development of the Rieth Riley bulk material and asphalt storage facility. The BRA secured a large grant and loan from the MDEQ for the remediation of the contamination at the site, and for the preparation of the property for the bulk material storage facilities and the docking of the freighters. A Brownfield TIF plan and a Renaissance tax abatement plan were also created to defray some of the substantial private costs. The BRA will now be working with the new owners of the northern portion of the General Chemical site as they are planning its redevelopment.
6. On behalf of the City of Manistee Housing Commission, the BRA managed the demolition of the blighted buildings at the former Manistee Plating property on 6th Avenue and the remediation of this contaminated property. Through a grant we received from the State of Michigan, the BRA procured a local contractor to demolish the blighted buildings that contained asbestos and lead paint, remove the contaminated soils and other material, and prepare the property for future redevelopment by the Housing Commission.
7. With several grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the BRA has conducted environmental assessments and remediation plans at more than 30 properties all over the City, to assist developers and new owners in dealing with the environmental challenges at their properties. Examples of these properties are the Bookmart, the Hokanson buildings, and the former Chippewa Hotel lot on River Street, the Hotel Northern and North Channel buildings on Washington Street, the former General Chemical (it is now Rieth Riley) and the Van’s Auto properties on State Street, the Rodeway Inn and the former Joslyn sites on US-31, and the Century Terrace and Harborview properties on 6th Avenue, among others.
Misconception ONE: “Brownfield is a contaminated property”. As such, property owners are concerned about the stigma of owning a “polluted” property and they are also concerned that they may be liable for the contamination. First, a property may be a Brownfield because it has a lot or very little contamination. But, it can also be considered a Brownfield if it is Blighted, Functionally Obsolete or contains Historic resources (buildings, etc.).
Therefore, any of these properties would qualify for several financial incentives to assist with its redevelopment. Note that such financial incentives are NOT available for “clean” properties. For example, many properties along the Manistee River Channel and Manistee Lake shorelines contain contamination due to the fill material, such as ash, coal, slag, foundry sand and other waste placed there during the historic uses of these properties going back to the late 1800s, well before the current owners acquired these properties.
Second, State law provides liability protection for owners of “Brownfields” as long as they have not caused the contamination, they have not done anything to spread it or make it worse, and they have met certain minimum State requirements at the time they acquired the property.
Misconception TWO: “By authorizing Brownfield TIF reimbursement the BRA gives our property taxes away”. Concerned citizens and public officials need to remember that: “you cannot give away something you don’t have”! Brownfield TIF can only be generated from increased taxes IF and WHEN a property gets redeveloped and by doing so it increases in value. Brownfield TIF is used to repay some of a developer’s or property owner’s redevelopment expenses because the cost of redeveloping a Brownfield is incrementally higher than a non-Brownfield site. If there is no private investment there is no redevelopment project which equals to no increase in taxes which equals to no TIF.
Keep in mind that the base property tax, which is the tax paid before redevelopment starts, will continue being paid and captured by the taxing entities (City, County, etc.) whether the redevelopment takes place or not. Also, after the redevelopment expenses have been repaid using the Brownfield TIF, all increased taxes will go to the taxing entities for many years into the future. Finally, the “school” portion of the incremental taxes captured by the BRA for repayment of the redevelopment expenses is “reimbursed” to the schools by the State, so there is no loss of tax revenue for the schools.
While the BRA always tries to facilitate the interactions between the developer and the funding agencies, the more financial assistance a project needs the longer it takes to receive it. A rule of thumb is to expect at least three extra months to get to the point that construction can start for small projects, and as long as a year or more for large and complex projects that require multiple sources of financial support from multiple governmental agencies and private funding sources. Planning well in advance of expecting to start construction is essential. In addition, Brownfield redevelopment is riskier for the developer or investor than “greenfield” development; more planning is needed. However, the reward of bringing a building or property back to useful life is priceless!
Manistee County Treasurer, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660. Contact us at (231) 723-3173.
Homeward Bound Animal Shelter, 736 Paws Trail, PO Box 144, Manistee, MI 49660. Contact them at (231) 723-7387; Hours are Wed 12-6 or Thurs-Sat 12-4.
Manistee County Animal Control, 736 Paws Trail, PO Box 144, Manistee, MI 49660. Contact J.R. Nelson at (231) 723-3170. Kennel License are also sold here.
Personal property taxes are levied on business non-inventory furniture, fixtures and equipment. Every business must annually file a personal property tax statement. If you do not file this statement, the assessor is required to estimate the value of this equipment. Personal property taxes are delinquent as of March 1. The city collects delinquent personal property taxes. If these taxes are not paid, the city can seize the assets and sell them to pay the outstanding taxes
Yes, we give preference to:
Those who are working at the time of application and leasing. Those who are veterans. Those who are homeless.
Single family homes located throughout Manistee One (1) bedroom, one (1) bath unit (duplex) ranging in size from 625-695 square feet Two (2) bedroom, one (1) bath unit (duplex or single) ranging in size from 800-920 square feet Three (3) bedroom, one (1) bath ranging in size from 900 – 1,100 square feet Four (4) bedroom, one and one half (1½) bath unit 1,250 square feet
YES! The City of Manistee does lead and copper sampling every year. We became aware of the results for this year’s samples recently. The water source, the water treatment and our water quality are safe. The City of Manistee is not in violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act as it meets all safety standards as required by the State of Michigan. Homes that tested above the action level (15ppb) have been identified as likely to have copper plumbing with lead solder installed before July 1988. If you would like your service line inspected, please call 231-723-7132. Continue to read through the Manistee Lead Safe site, which provides information on how to minimize your risk to lead exposure.
The City of Manistee has tested the water in the Community for years. Recently, it began testing tap water in homes with lead service lines in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act in 1992. After the Flint lead water crisis, the sampling procedure was changed. These changes now require communities with lead service lines to increase the number of sampling locations and draw multiple samples from each location.
This new sampling method resulted in higher lead results, not because the water source or quality for residents has changed, but because the Act has more stringent sampling procedures. As a result of the new sampling procedures,3 out of 20 tested homes with lead service lines measured lead exceeding the Action Level of 15 ppb. When a water sampling exceeds the amount by the state, the City must inform all residents of the results and provide public education.
Lead enters drinking water when it comes in contact with individual homes that have lead service lines or internal plumbing made with lead.
The more time water has been sitting in your home’s pipes, the more lead it may contain. Therefore, if your water has not been used for several hours, run the water before using it for drinking or cooking. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. http://bit.ly/FlushYourPipes
Additional flushing may be required for homes that have been vacant or have a longer service line.
Everyone can consider using a filter to reduce lead in drinking water. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommends that any household with a child or pregnant woman use cold water and a certified lead filter to remove lead from their drinking water, especially when preparing baby formula. http://bit.ly/ChoosingLeadWaterFilter
Check if you have a lead service line or plumbing or fixtures that contain lead. Call 231-723-7132 for more information. http://bit.ly/LeadFreePlumbingMarks
Filters for qualifying residents can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, 280 Washington Street beginning Friday, November 12 at 8:00 a.m. After that date they can be picked up on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
If you do not qualify to receive a free filter, you can purchase one at any hardware or big box store (Meijer, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc). Look for filters that are tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for lead reduction. If this information is not on the box, look at the information inside the box (fine print on a folded piece of paper) http://bit.ly/ChoosingLeadWaterFilter
Since having lead in your drinking water is directly related to when your home was built, the service line and interior plumbing materials…it’s important to understand
What sources of lead are in your home? https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-08/documents/epa_lead_in_drinking_water_final_8.21.17.pdf
How lead gets into drinking water? https://youtu.be/6usRvbG0lWo
How you can reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water? https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-odwma-water-cdwu-reduce-lead_524538_7.pdf
And to know about lead levels in the water at your home, we encourage you to test your water at your home. Please contact the City of Manistee DPW 231-723-7132 for a list of certified laboratories or the local health department 231-723-3595. http://bit.ly/LeadSampleBottleSelection
We’re taking a proactive approach to assess our water quality and our current treatment processes, as well as notify and educate our customers. Since 1994, the City of Manistee has regularly tested for lead and copper. In 2019, the City began actively searching for lead service lines in the system through the drinking water pilot program. When lead services are found, they are immediately replaced. The City has recently been awarded a Drinking Water Asset Management grant from EGLE which will also help identify areas in need of upgrades. This grant will fund water system inventory (GIS), GPS asset survey for future work, distribution system material inventory and investigation, condition assessment and rate sufficiency analysis.
We will be collecting more samples and will be actively looking for lead service lines. Homes with lead service lines have an increased risk for higher lead levels. Please contact 231-723-7132 if you do not know what your service line material is and are interested in having your home inspected.
If you do not know what your service line material is and are interested in having your home inspected, please contact City of Manistee DPW at 231-723-7132
1) You can hire a licensed plumber to inspect the plumbing in your home, or
2) You can look at the plumbing where it enters your home yourself. Look for things like pipe color (copper-colored or grey) and whether a magnet sticks to your plumbing. Copper plumbing will be reddish in color. Grey pipe that a magnet sticks to is likely galvanized. Grey pipe that a magnet will not stick to is likely lead.
3) If you can see the test area, gently scratch the surface of the pipe with a coin. If the pipe is soft and easily scraped, silver, and again if a magnet doesn’t stick, it is lead. It may have a bulb in the pipe near the shutoff valve that looks like a snake that swallowed an egg. If you suspect there is a lead gooseneck connection in your home please contact the water department at 231-723-7132 to investigate.