Development Opportunities

The City of Fenton is seeking one or more developers interested in developing two pieces of prime real estate identified as "Brownfield Sites" under EPA Guidelines. The Properties are referred to as Tipsico Lake Road Project and Oak Street Project.

Tipsico Lake Road Project


The City of Fenton owns 56-plus contiguous acres of prime residential property on the southeast corner of the city boundary. The property, near the heart of the city, needs environmental remediation resulting from its former use as the City landfill in the 1930s and 1940s.

A view of the property, woodedThe land is located in Livingston County, and was recently annexed into the city. The property features a rolling terrain and many important and attractive geographic features. The size of the landfill is approximately 1.5 acres. A 3.5-acre parcel has been separated from the 56-plus acre site and will be subject to long-term restrictions and monitoring.

The property also features 12.8 acres of wetlands. The level of contamination has not been fully determined. A Remedial Action Plan (RAP) has not been completed. We expect the plan will call for a clean-up of surface debris, placing a 2-foot topsoil cap, seeding and fencing of the area, and the imposition of restrictive covenants on the 3.5-acre site. 

Land Description & Current Use

The project area is comprised of 56-plus acres in northern Tyrone Township in Livingston County. Annexed to the City of Fenton, the property is wholly undeveloped and presents an excellent opportunity to the selected developer.

Legal Description of Property

Part of the Northeast fractional 1/4 and part of Northwest fractional 1/4 of Section 1, Township 4 North, Range 6 East, described as follows: Beginning at the North 1/4 corner of Section 1; thence along the North line of said Section 1 and the Livingston-Genesee County line, South 89 degrees 38 minutes 20 seconds East, 39.75 feet to the South 1/4 corner of Section 36, thence along the occupied North line of Section 1, South 89 degrees 38 minutes 18 seconds East 1292.67 feet to a found 1/2 inch re-rod with Cap Number 12024, and being 6.11 feet Southerly of the actual North line of Section 1 and the Livingston-Genesee County line; thence along the East, North-South 1/8 line of said Section 1 (as occupied) on the following two courses: South 0 degrees 10 minutes 45 seconds East 1320.65 feet and south 1 degree 06 minutes 25 seconds East 262.49 feet (previously recorded as South 1 degree 14 minutes 10 seconds East, 262.62 feet); thence North 89 degrees 17 minutes 32 seconds West 939.05 feet (previously recorded as North 89 degrees 33 minutes 10 seconds West 939.37 feet); thence along the centerline of Tipsico Lake Road on the following three courses: North 37 degrees 35 minutes 14 seconds West 335.05 feet (previously recorded as North 37 degrees 58 minutes 20 seconds West 335.05 feet); and North 37 degrees 48 minutes 27 seconds West 830.05 feet; and North 37 degrees 35 minutes 39 seconds West 839.64 feet to the intersection of said centerline of Tipsico Lake Road with the centerline of Jayne Street being the North line of said Section 1 and the Livingston-Genesee County Line; thence along said North line of Section 1 and the Livingston-Genesee County Line South 89 degrees 38 minutes 20 seconds East 822.85 feet to the point of beginning. And subject to easements and right-of-way of record.

A view of the propertyWest/Northwest View of Property

Environmental Conditions

Over 50 years ago, a small portion of the 56-acre Tipsico Lake Road site was a location of disposal for municipal waste from the then Village of Fenton. Apparently, when the Village ceased using this location as an area of disposal, some illegal dumping occurred at that portion of the site. As a result of litigation, the City in 2000 acquired the site, including the former disposal area, which is thought to comprise approximately 1.5 acres. The City has undertaken preliminary investigations through its consultants, Strata Environmental, which has confirmed some minimal groundwater contamination, consisting of chloride, iron, and lead. Strata believes that this groundwater contamination is in a shallow groundwater zone and does not pose a risk to any usable aquifer in the area. Strata has recommended some surface soil sampling to assess potential direct contact exposures at the site and additional groundwater sampling. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Response Division (now Remediation and Redevelopment Division) has requested that the limits of the landfill be determined. Strata believes that a remedy consisting of some minimal surface cleanup of debris and refuse, the placement of a site cap to minimize exposure and long-term infiltration through the fill, and a restrictive covenant limiting groundwater usage and surface disturbances in an approximate 3-acre area will be adequate for closure of the landfill portion of the site. The City, in the meantime, has prepared a due care plan consistent with the likely response needed at the site.

A view of the property

Front of Property Looking West

Legal Description of Restricted Area

A plot of the propertyAn area of land in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 and the Northeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 1, T4N, R6E, Tyrone Township, Livingston County, Michigan; the boundary of said area being described as BEGINNING N 25 21'50" W, 856.71 feet and N 37 58'20" W, 707.70 feet from the center of Tipsico Lake Road on East and West 1/4 line; thence N 37 58'20" W, 428.31 feet; thence S 89 33'10" E, 584.34 feet; thence S 00 26'50" W, 335.57 feet; thence N 89 33'10" W, 318.19 feet to the point of beginning; said area contains 3.48 acres.

Oak Street Project


The Oak Street Project is located on the north end of the City, less than 1 mile and easy walking distance from the downtown area. The property was used as a landfill in the '50s and '60s. It is approximately 10 acres and is located in a residential neighborhood with moderately priced homes. There is property adjacent to this parcel, not owned by the City, which is zoned for future residential development.

A diagram of the Oak Street property

Land Use

A 10-acre site in the City that was a landfill active as late as the 1960s. The area is in the middle of an existing residential neighborhood.

A view of the property, sparsely wooded


The City of Fenton Department of Economic Development is eager to meet with prospective developers regarding the development of the Tipsico Lake Project or the Oak Street Project. If you have any questions regarding these development opportunities or would like to schedule a development meeting please contact the Department of Economic Development or Michael Hart.

Tipsico Lake & Oak Street Project Development Opportunity Brochure

View the Tipsico Lake and Oak Street Property Development Opportunity Brochure (PDF). Please note that this is a large file and will require a longer download time.