City to discuss costs of 231 West Patisserie shop

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission at its Monday meeting will decide whether to establish a public hearing to approve a combined brownfield plan for an upcoming pastry shop located in the downtown district.

According to city documents, the proposed plan would help cover redevelopment costs of the obsolete and blighted property at 231 W. Washington St. A public hearing must be established and held by the city commission for the approval of the plan.

Most recently home to the alternative music venue 231 House of Muses, the interior of the building sustained major damage after it caught fire in January 2007 and has been vacant ever since.

Matt Beardsley and his wife, who moved to the Marquette area within the last two years, have proposed opening a French- and Dutch-influenced pastry shop called 231 West Patisserie, which will include a bakery and restaurant on the lower level and main floor, and residential apartments on the second floor of the building.

If approved, the combined brownfield plan would provide for the reimbursement of brownfield non-environmental eligible activity costs, including lead and asbestos removal, selective demolition, and reconstruction of the walkway in front of the building.

The property is located in both the Downtown Development Authority and Local Development Financing Authority Tax Increment Financing districts which have first right to certain tax increment revenues.

In order to receive approval for state tax capture for non-environmental eligible activities, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Strategic Fund requires either a proportionate expense or approval to forgo future tax increment revenues to reimburse brownfield eligible activities, city documents state.

The combined brownfield plan was approved by the Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority at its Thursday meeting.

The city commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Marquette City Hall commission chambers, which is located at 300 W. Baraga Ave.

To see the city commission agenda in its entirety, visit www.marquettemi.gov.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.

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