Environmental due diligence was conducted for an affordable housing development securing tax credits through Michigan State Housing and Development City (MSHDA).  The project was expedited to meet the needs of our client and to secure federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financial support.  The subject property was a 5-acre parcel of vacant land near Jackson, Michigan

The assessment was conducted in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process (E 1527-00) and HUD guidelines.  The assessment was conducted to identify recognized environmental conditions associated with the historical uses of the Property, current site operations, and the condition of surrounding properties.  Issues that would affect construction were also addressed.  An inspection for asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) was conducted and no ACMs were found on the subject property.

The HUD requirements include elements of an environmental impact assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  ASTI’s multi-disciplinary staff assessed the potential for flooding, potential noise impacts, and potential habitats for threatened and endangered species.  

The results of this assessment revealed no evidence of recognized environmental conditions, allowing the client to proceed with construction of low-income housing to meet a critical need in the Jackson community