Marquette sells property at Founder’s Landing, begins to sell former Cliffs-Dow land

MARQUETTE — Marquette has sold a piece of property, while simultaneously beginning the process of selling another.

In a city commission meeting earlier tonight, the city sold off a parcel of Founder’s Landing, near the site of the recently opened One Marquette Place.

For now, the apparent plan is to develop condominiums for the property.

Also passed tonight was a motion to begin the selling process of a larger piece of land, formerly belonging to Cliffs–Dow, which the city has been trying to sell for years.

The more than 30–acre parcel, located near Presque Isle, might be used for a variety of different things.

However, Veridea Group, the company interested in the property, has expressed intent to develop varied housing projects on the property.

The major concerns many citizens at the meeting had included the general aesthetic of the area, a concern with lack of building variety, as well as environmental concerns.

Being the former site of a charcoal factory, citizens especially cited concern with groundwater pollution and the health of possible residents, should the housing project move forward.

Although the motion passed, the process to formally sell the property will take some time. Things like environmental testing, site plan reviews, and logistics all must be completed before any development begins.

ABC 10 will continue to update this story as it progresses.