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    The designation of Neighborhood Enterprise Zones (NEZ) is aimed at promoting home ownership and investment in areas where the greatest impact would occur and where improvements are likely to trigger additional investment in adjacent neighborhoods.

    Property owners benefit from the NEZ program through lower property taxes. The tax abatements come from the rehabilitation​ of existing properties or through new construction. Once rehabilitation and/or new construction is complete, a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Certificate is issued by the Michigan State Tax Commission, which serves as the property owner's proof of eligibility for the applicable tax abatement(s).

    The City of Grand Rapids has designated seven areas as NEZs, North Baxter, Belknap Lookout, Turner Gateway, Heritage SquareWealthy HeightsMidtown Michigan Street and Eastown Flats.  For information on how to participate in the NEZ program, please review the documents provided below. For additional information contact:

    Nancy Meyer
    Economic Development Office
    City Hall - 9th Floor
    Phone: (616) 456-3318
    FAX: (616) 456-3111


    Read what satisfied community members have to say about Neighborhood Enterprise Zones. 


    Neighbo​rhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) - Introduction and Basic Information​ (PDF) - This document contains general information regarding the NEZ program and NEZ requirements. 

    This application must be completed to request an NEZ certificate for New Construction, for Rehabilitation of an Existing Structure or when requesting a transfer of an Existing Certificate. The form can be filled out electronically and then printed. Please note that the application must be filed with the City prior to building permit issuance and start of construction.

    Instructions for New Construction (PDF)

    Instructions for Rehabilitation of an Existing Structure​​ (PDF)

    Instructions for Requesting a Transfer of an Existing Certificate​ (PDF)

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (at State of Michigan's website)

    Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Act (P.A. 147 of 1992, as amended) (PDF) - Public Act 147 of 1992, as amended and authorized by the State of Michigan, allows specific local governments to enact Neighborhood Enterprise Zones.

    City of Grand Rapids Code, Title V, Chapter 69, Neighborhood Enterprise Zones (PDF)
    The purpose of this chapter of the City Code is to preserve Grand Rapids neighborhoods and to further the maintenance, preservation, improvement and development of housing for all persons regardless of income level.

    City Commission Policy for Neighborhood Enterprise Zones (#900-45) (PDF)
    This Policy defines program goals and requirements for the designation of Neighborhood Enterprise Zones within the City of Grand Rapids.

    Mathieu-Gast Exemption
    Are you planning to do some normal repairs and/or maintenance to your property? If so, the value added to your property by these repairs may qualify for the Mathieu-Gast exemption from property taxes. Please
    click HERE to view and download the form and instructions required to exempt normal repairs and maintenance from your property taxes. Should you have any questions regarding this exemption you may contact the Assessor's Office at (616) 456-3081.​​​​​