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    Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment 
    Grand Rapids is one of the Michigan communities authorized to offer a specific tax increment financing option to help developers pay for the cleanup of a brownfield. A brownfield is an idle, underutilized or vacant industrial or commercial property where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination, or functionally obsolete or blighted buildings.
    Eligible costs for reimbursement may include any or all of the following:
    • Demolition
    • Asbestos abatement
    • Due care activities
    • Site preparation 
    • Public infrastructure improvements
    • Ramped and underground parking
    • Urban stormwater management systems

    Use the Brownfield Eligible Investment Spreadsheet to estimate Eligible Costs for your project.

    Applications for new Brownfield redevelopment projects must be submitted online. 

    Click for a Schedule of Fees for Brownfield projects


    Owners and operators of contaminated sites may no longer be required to pay for cleanup actions (unless they caused or contributed to the contamination), allowing developers to propose solutions to historical contamination based on future use of the site.
    The City of Grand Rapids received two U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants totaling $700,000 for investigation of properties thought to be contaminated with Hazardous Substances or Petroleum Substances. The City has subgranted the funds to 54 different projects. Click the links below to view the reports. 
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    Note: No grant funds are available at this time.
    U.S. EPA Revolving Loan Fund Grant Award

    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.  See the video below for more information.

    By utilizing the U.S. EPA Revolving Loan Fund, the following projects have been supported:

    Brownfield Redevelopment
    Authority Board
    Kara Wood, Executive Director
    Terry Nicholas, Chairperson
    Brian Smits, Vice Chairperson
    Francisco Vega, Secretary
    Stanley Wisinski, Treasurer
    Com. Walter Gutowski
    Michael DeVries
    Robert Porter
    Kimberly McLaughlin
    Renee Williams

    Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board Book

    View the Brownfield Plan Project Report (July 22, 2014)