Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment

A special work session of the Houghton City Council was held on January 6, 2021 to discuss the big parking deck.  At the meeting, City Manager Eric Waara read a letter from Veridea Group withdrawing their proposal due to the lack of a formal development process.  Mr. Waara presented a presentation regarding ongoing maintenance costs of the parking deck and costs of replacing the deck so the council can begin a discussion about the future of the deck and property.

Powerpoint of Parking Deck Costs


A Meeting of the City of Houghton Council, Planning Commission, and DDA/TIFA was held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. by remote participation in accordance with Public Act 228 of 2020.

Veridea presented a proposal for the property and there was some discussion. Here is their slideshow:

Veridea Proposal

Minutes of this meeting are here: December 15, 2020 minutes.



In 2019, the City of Houghton sent out Requests for Proposals to choose a developer to redevelop the “Big Parking Deck” on Lakeshore Drive.  Three proposals were received.  After reviewing the proposals and meeting with the developers, the Houghton City Council choose to work with Veridea Group on a redevelopment project. Following are links to the Request for Statements of Qualifications issued by the City and Veridea’s Statement of Qualifications:

RFQ – Final Document

VG Houghton Proposal Final_LR

The City formed the Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Committee comprised of two members of the council, two members of the planning commission, two members of the DDA, the city manager, one downtown business owner, and a member of the public at-large.  This committee was asked to meet with Veridea Group while they develop a new plan for the redevelopment project and report back to the Council.  The group has met twice with Veridea.  Notes from those meetings are attached:

Combined Committee Reports 09/19/19, 9/23/19, and 10/14/19

Committee Report 1-16-2020

Open House 2-11-2020

The committee recommended the Council share in the expense of a Downtown Parking Study with Walker Consultants and a Structural Analysis of the parking deck with Pierce Engineering.   The Council agreed to share in the expense of the consultants.  Both studies are complete and available here.

Pierce Engineering Report

Parking Study by Walker

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aerial view of the city of Houghton and lift bridge