A Brownfield is developed real property which may or may not be contaminated or environmentally impacted from prior use. These unknown conditions raise questions standing in the way of the property’s sale or redevelopment, which reduce its value and require investigation and assessment. Examples of Brownfields include former industrial sites, gas stations, dry cleaners, fuel and chemical depots and any other property that used or contained hazardous materials or petroleum. Brownfields also include properties affected by contamination migrating from a neighboring or nearby property. Brownfields may not be contaminated in reality, but suspicion creates stigma that impairs the property’s potential.
A Greyfield is developed real property suffering from excess vacancy, prolonged idleness, blight, use failure or even total abandonment—but also possessing (potentially) reusable infrastructure, such as parking lots, utility hookups, or structures. Examples of Greyfields include obsolete retail and commercial properties and abandoned office complexes, as well as mothballed, decommissioned and legacy industrial facilities. Similar to Brownfields, Greyfields may be blighted or in substantial disrepair, but unlike Brownfields they have no known or suspected environmental contamination of any significance.
A greenfield is undeveloped real estate with no previous use. Many also consider a property only used for light agricultural purposes to be a greenfield. An undeveloped property may yet have environmental contamination—if, for example, it is adjacent to a property that is leaking hazardous substances across the property boundary—but such a property would not be considered a greenfield and would be better classified as a Brownfield (or possibly a Redfield).
A Redfield is real property with known environmental contaminants or conditions that the owner, the government or a reliable third party have determined is in need of remediation as a prerequisite to future development—to mitigate potential human health risks or to comply with environmental laws. Many Redfields are already subject to government regulatory orders or enrolled in voluntary cleanup programs. Unlike a Brownfield, there can be no doubt about whether a Redfield is contaminated. A Redfield is affirmatively known to be contaminated and will likely require active remediation in its redevelopment. Contaminated property could fit into the definition of Brownfield; however, selecting Redfield as the primary statussignals the marketplace that real estate reuse requires corrective action and such remediation is sought.
|A property with productive use as the primary status is predominately in use at the present time. Properties in productive use may have current tenants generating rents or the owner may be operating the property for their own use. If only a small portion of the property is currently in use, then the lister may select productive use as a secondary condition and would choose a more appropriate primary status.|
If the property status has not been determined or is unknown by the lister, it may be selected as "undetermined."
STONE SOAP BUILDING
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
1490 Franklin St. , Detroit, MI 48207
Created On: 03/13/2017 | Last Modified: 03/13/2017
Stone Soap Building
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DEGC seeks proposals from qualified teams to renovate, adaptively reuse and develop an historically significant former industrial structure known as the Stone Soap Building located in the transforming East Riverfront District. Attached RFP/Q due 5/1
Expanded Data - Diligence Prospectus
The East Riverfront District is located just east of Detroit’s Central Business District and encompasses approximately 350 acres. It is bounded by the Detroit River on the south, Rivard Street to the west, E Grand Boulevard to the east and Jefferson Avenue to the North. Jefferson Avenue is a major thoroughfare connecting Detroit to its eastern suburbs, and is lined with commercial and retail uses. North of Jefferson Avenue is Lafayette Park, a renowned master planned residential neighborhood featuring one of the largest groupings of Mies Van der Rohe buildings in the United States. To the west of the district is the General Motors Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center, and to the east is residential development such as Orleans Landing and Strohs Riverplace. The MacArthur Bridge that provides access to Belle Isle, a 1,000-acre island city park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead is also on the eastern border of the District. Significant public investments have been made to encourage private development in the East Riverfront District. In 2001, the DEGC and the City reconstructed 1 mile of new roads and infrastructure in the west end of the District, including new lighting and road resurfacing on Riopelle where Stone Soap sits and on Atwater from Rivard to Jos Campau. Additional improvements in the District are planned on Jos Campau, Franklin and East Jefferson. In an effort to open up the riverfront to future mixed-use development, the DEGC worked with the City to acquire occupied or vacant properties including the Stone Soap Building relocating industrial facilities to other locations. Development plans are currently underway as a result of recently negotiated development agreements including the development area north of Chene Park and the former Uniroyal Site adjacent to the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle. On-going collaboration between the DEGC, the City and the DRFC, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization have resulted in the creation of unique destination amenities for the international riverfront including the Detroit RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut. Stone Soap occupants will have access to the Detroit RiverWalk one block south of the building, a three and half mile comprehensive greenway network. This world-class recreational amenity is managed by the DRFC and provides public access to the waterfront through pedestrian and bike paths including interpretive signage and interactive displays. With the completion in '17 of key sections, the RiverWalk.
Facilities and Grounds
Facilities and Grounds summary:
The building is comprised of three structures. A purchase option for the vacant land, including the access drive, south of the Stone Soap property to the south of the property is currently held by a selected developer. A permanent access easement will be recorded for this access drive to allow all property owners rear access to their buildings. The western section, built in 1907, has four stories and a basement. The middle section, constructed in 1907, is two stories with a crawl space. The eastern section was added between 1927-29 and has three stories. The western and central structures have wooden beams and posts and floors. The eastern structure has concrete columns and concrete floors. Observations from consultants and architects suggest the building is structurally sound, except for the wooden floors. The exterior brick façade needs significant restoration work. The exterior brick façade needs significant restoration work but adds to the historic value of the property. All three buildings total 88,369 square feet on 0.76 acres. Structure 1– 1490 Franklin is 24,684 square feet on 0.33 acres. Structure 2 – 1460 Franklin is 14,036 square feet on 0.27 acres. Structure 3 – 1450 Franklin is 44,649 square feet on 0.12 acres.
Environmental Conditions summary:
Please Note: All Property will be sold “AS IS.” No warranty or representation, expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy of the information contained in this offering package. The information may be subject to unintentional errors, omissions, changes of price or other conditions, withdrawal without notice, and to any special listing conditions from the Owner. The Property is being offered “AS-IS, WHERE-IS”. Respondents are hereby notified that the City has not investigated the environmental condition of the Property in this RFP/Q. Several environmental reports including some materials surveys and Phase II evaluations, have been produced related to the development site by the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA). As these reports are voluminous, the reports will be made available via Dropbox to those that attend the Site Tour or Contact Sarah Pavelko at email@example.com. A brief index of DBRA retained documents for Stone Soap is found in Attachment D to this RFP/Q. Each firm is encouraged to conduct its own due diligence regarding the condition of the Property which that firm proposes to acquire and is notified that the Property may be the subject of environmental contamination. The DEGC and the City of Detroit makes absolutely no warranty or representation regarding the environmental condition of any of the sites offered within this RFP/Q.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) report available: