Muskegon paper mill redevelopment comes with major environmental hurdles

Source:, November 6, 2023
By: Kate Carlson

Extensive contamination at the former Sappi paper mill site on Muskegon Lake has gained renewed attention since a developer recently announced a major plan to repurpose the 122-acre property with housing, retail and public access.

The site on the south shore of Muskegon Lake was the home of Sappi paper mill, which after operating from about 1900 to 2009 left a wide range of environmental contamination in its wake. Residents have largely voiced support for Muskegon-based Parkland Properties’ plans for the site, along with concern for the property’s contamination and need for proper environmental mitigation before redevelopment. Read more.

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