This redevelopment project is located along the west shore of Boardman Lake between 12th and 16th Street and contains approximately 13.59 acres. This property is an irregular-shaped parcel of land bounded by vacant land and a railroad (right of way) ROW to the north, Boardman Lake to the east, additional vacant land and railroad ROW to the south, and to the west by industrial concerns and railroad ROW owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation to the west.
Based on review of historical documents including historical atlas maps, this property had been utilized for railroad purposes since at least 1904 through 1982. Additional occupants have included an ice house, an asphalt batch plant, a vehicle fueling area and a bulk fuel storage area. Contaminants present included industrial waste lagoon leachate emanating from the Cone Drive facility, uphill from the subject property. The petroleum-based sludge presented itself in seeps along the shoreline and was present in shallow excavations, such as those for building footings. Surface contamination from stored petroleum and from asphalt plant operations was pervasive. Railroad track ballast containing heavy metals contamination was present and copper arsenic and creosote from railroad tie debris was also of concern throughout the property.
Thanks to the
Brownfield plan for this property in 2000, residential redevelopment of
the west bank of Boardman Lake has commenced to displace the old,
unsustainable industrial land uses. The plan brought attention to the
liability of Cone Drive for impacts which the state compelled them to
remedy. The plan also provided funding to address the due care
obligations needed to design a land reuse plan that adequately removed
health risks resulting from petroleum and heavy metals contamination.
The residential reuse is significant and most recently the Brownfield
plan helped foster improvements in connectivity by financially
supporting the extension of the Traverse Area Recreation and
Transportation (TART) Trail along the west side of Boardman Lake. This
financial support also manifests itself in funding for the City of
Traverse City's West Boardman Avenue project which will calm traffic
through the historic Old Town neighborhood.