Brownfield redevelopment, property tax workshop set

MARQUETTE – A workshop on brownfield redevelopment and property taxation is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University.

The workshop is a joint effort of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Marquette County Brownfield Authority, Envirologic and Marquette County.

The morning session will focus on brownfield redevelopment and include time to review site inventory and provide input. The session will end with a panel discussion featuring speakers from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, LSCP and Northern Initiatives.

The Environmental Protection Agency defines a brownfield as real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

“The tools that a brownfield redevelopment authority offers can be some of the most powerful tools available,” Marquette County Treasurer Anne Giroux said in a news release. “It is important for developers, bankers, realtors and others who are involved in economic development to understand the tools and programs that are available right here in Marquette County.”

Property taxation will be covered in the afternoon, with information on the property tax cycle, property transfers and uncappings and principal residence exemptions covered.

Giroux said the goal with this session is to reach professionals who deal with real estate transactions, from selling property to closing mortgages.

“These professionals are often in a position to advise taxpayers on various aspects of the property tax law and we want to be sure that they have the most current information available.”

Caralee Swanberg, LSCP director of business development, said: “This will be a worthwhile and informative event for any professional who works with or is a commercial property owner or developer in Marquette County that will offer a great opportunity to access a number of helpful resources and programs in one place.”

The cost is $15 for one session or $20 for both, with lunch included. Registration ends today and can be made by visiting the website at

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.