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    The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) was established in 1996 to assist with the redevelopment of blighted or contaminated properties in the City.  The BRA can provide tax increment financing to help pay for certain eligible costs associated with a redevelopment project. A property is eligible for assistance from the BRA if it is contaminated, blighted, functionally obsolete, or an historic resource (MCL 125.2652(o)). Costs may be reimbursed for the following eligible activities (MCL 125.2652(n)):
    • Demolition
    • Asbestos abatement
    • Due care and environmental response activities
    • Site preparation 
    • Public infrastructure improvements
    • Ramped and underground parking
    • Urban stormwater management systems

     Documents and Links

    Applications and Filing Deadlines
    To allow for the appropriate time for staff review of an application, the BRA and the Michigan Strategic Fund have established deadlines for filing applications in order to be considered for a particular month's agenda. 
    Applications for new Brownfield redevelopment projects must be submitted online.

    Environmental Site Assessment Funding

    The BRA strives to obtain funding for environmental site assessments on an ongoing basis.  Since 2008, the BRA has been awarded more than $1.1 million to fund environmental site assessments on more than 60 properties throughout the City of Grand Rapids.  Details on currently available funding can be found below, while instructions for filing an application for grant funding can be found here.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Revolving Loan Fund

    The City of Grand Rapids has received a $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund Grant Award from the U.S. EPA and a subsequent supplemental award of $260,000.  Funding may be available to assist with the financing of due care and remediation expenses.  By utilizing the U.S. EPA Revolving Loan Fund, the following projects have been supported:

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     Brownfield Map

    Brownfield Redevelopment
    Authority Board
    Kara Wood, Executive Director
    Terry Nicholas, Chairperson
    Brian Smits, Vice Chairperson
    Francisco Vega, Secretary
    Stanley Wisinski, Treasurer
    Com. David Shaffer
    Michael DeVries
    Robert Porter
    The BRA meets at 7:30am at City Hall on the first Thursday of each month unless holiday conflict