Alpena, MI, January 5, 2016:  The City of Alpena selected ASTI Environmental to provide a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and a Pre-Demolition Asbestos / Hazardous Materials Survey of the 23,000 square foot, two-story Alpena Power Company building in downtown Alpena (208 N. First Street).  ASTIs Site Redevelopment Services team conducted the building inspection, oversaw QA/QC of lab results and prepared the report.  ASTI has completed similar scopes of work for Blight Elimination projects throughout the State of Michigan, including the Lenawee County Land Bank, the Muskegon County Land Bank/City of Muskegon Heights and the City of Inkster.
Funding for this project was made available through the US Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) for Blight Elimination.  Launched in 2010, HHFs have been dedicated to the 18 hardest hit states plus the District of Columbia to address the damaging effects caused by the housing crisis that began in 2007 and left vacant and blighted properties in it’s wake.  Eligible cities for HHFs in Michigan were selected by MSHDA based on an evaluation system that included residential housing vacancy rates and consideration of homeowners with deeply underwater mortgages that suffered the most from the housing crisis .  States have until the end of 2017 to utilize HHFs.