Marquette County land bank buying, cleaning up asbestos in foreclosed property in Upper Michigan

According to a recent article in Upper Penninsula Michigan’s, The Mining Journal Newspaper, the Marquette County Board approved a bid at this week’s meeting for cleaning up an asbestos containing burned out building in downtown Ishpeming, along with the purchase of nine properties by the Marquette County Land Bank Authority.

Marquette County Treasurer Anne Giroux foreclosed on 46 properties April 2, including an asbestos containing building in Ishpeming that was destroyed by a fire in 2010.

Giroux said the property consists of a basement full of the burned remains of the structure. “The remains include asbestos containing material and must be disposed of as hazardous waste,” Giroux told the board.

The treasurer can use funds from the foreclosure fund to clean up hazardous properties.  The county received two asbestos abatement bids. The county board awarded the asbestos abatement bid to the Upper Peninsula Abatement Co. because Moyle was not licensed and accredited to remove asbestos.

In addition to the property foreclosed on in April, the county land bank authority had an interest in acquiring nine for reuse or demolition.

Asbestos which is not properly abated can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other cancers.