Demolition and redevelopment sought to breathe new life into former school property

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Demolition and redevelopment sought to breathe new life into former school property

LAND BANK CONTACT: Erica Quealy, 517-582-2961

CITY CONTACT: Jacob Eckholm

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

LANSING, MICH – Today Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority released two Request for Proposals for private businesses to bid on demolition and redevelopment projects to revive the former Glendale School property in Muskegon Heights into attainable housing for the community.

Michigan Land Bank owns the Glendale property and has worked closely with local officials on plans to demo the building and start the process of a 20-unit housing development on the site.

“It’s always a win for the state and local communities when the Michigan Land Bank can work with communities to return blighted properties back to productive use,” Michigan Land Bank Director Josh Burgett said. “This is an exciting first step in a larger plan to repurpose a number of area schools into housing options for their community.”

The former Lindbergh School property, owned by the Michigan Land Bank, and the Dr. Martin Luther King School property, owned by Muskegon Heights, are next in line for redevelopment plans. Both parties anticipate the RFP process for these properties to kick off in winter of 2019.

“We at the City are thrilled about the housing opportunities this project will bring to our community and we are grateful for the tremendous partnership we have developed with the Michigan Land Bank throughout the process,” Muskegon Heights City Manager Jake Eckholm said. “We look forward to continued collaboration as we finalize redevelopment plans for the other two school properties and potential future endeavors.”

Demolition work is expected to begin in January 2019, with residential construction kicking off later that Spring.

Bid responses must be submitted online through the State of Michigan SIGMA Vendor Self Service (VSS). Bids for the demolition project must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2018. Bids for the redevelopment project must be submitted by noon on Jan. 17, 2019. In the interest of transparency, only proposals submitted via VSS will be accepted.

Michigan Land Bank has demolished 3,362 blighted structures and brought 1,991 properties back to productive use since 2010. To learn more about their efforts to improve communities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/LandBank.

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