Construction waits for vapor barrier

May 1, 2019

Two apartment complexes are under construction at 225 W. Ludington Ave. and 200 W. Loomis St. in downtown Ludington, but the Loomis Street facility already has four stories built, while the Ludington Avenue building hasn’t yet completed its first floor.


Construction has been delayed on the Ludington Avenue building because the work crew is waiting for consistently warm temperatures to install a vapor barrier over the soil, according to Monica Schuyler, Pennies from Heaven Foundation executive director, who is familiar with the project.

A vapor barrier helps prevent moisture from damaging a building.

“A part of the issue in installing (the vapor barrier) is that it requires a minimum of 40-degree temperatures (day and night), which we have not had previously (to) predictably ... schedule with a contractor,” Schuyler stated in an email to the Daily News.

She stated that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requires the vapor barrier to be installed to protect the environmental safety of the project.

“Vapor barriers are very common in construction, especially in downtown settings,” Schuyler stated. “Based on the different soil conditions, (the) Loomis and Ludington (buildings) required different levels of protection. The Ludington property also experienced more early development soil/site work in removing tanks that were stored underground from (a) previous development.”

The land the Ludington Avenue building is being constructed on was formerly the location of a gas station, among other uses.

Ground was broken for the construction project on Sept. 10, 2018. Both of the apartment buildings are still expected to open in September, according to the development’s website.

“It is not uncommon in Michigan for the weather to be a factor, and it was anticipated in the timeline,” Schuyler stated. “If someone is curious why the weather was not a problem for the Loomis building, the soil conditions were different on that parcel and therefore there are different needs for foundations and vapor barriers.”

The apartments are being developed by Bob Jacobson and L.C. Companies and built by Rockford Construction. The Daily News contacted both about the vapor barrier, but Rockford declined to comment and Jacobson could not be reached. Schuyler stated Jacobson’s team authorized her to release the information.

The Ludington Avenue apartments will be rented to low- to moderate-income tenants, and the Loomis Street apartments will be rented to low- to moderate-income tenants age 55 and older.

The upper three stories of each building will hold 30 apartments, with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units. The ground floor of each building will be commercial space for businesses to rent.

Both buildings are overseen by Continental Management, which will handle all of the leasing, applications and income verification. Lease applications are being accepted. The company can be contacted online at www.continentalmgt.com or by phone at (248) 731-7810.

More information about the apartments can be found online at www.ludingtonmiapartments.com.