Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) helps redevelop blighted or contaminated properties.

We can provide tax increment financing to help pay for some redevelopment project costs. Your property may be eligible if any of the following apply:
  • Contaminated
  • Blighted
  • Functionally obsolete
  • Historic resource
The following activities are eligible for reimbursement:
  • Demolition
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Due care and environmental response activities
  • Site preparation 
  • Public infrastructure improvements
  • Ramped and underground parking
  • Urban stormwater management systems
Check out the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act for more details.

Want to know more about Brownfield Redevelopment? Check out fact sheets from a few different agencies:

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Brownfield Redevelopment Overview(PDF, 248KB)

Tax Increment Financing Fact Sheet(PDF, 167KB)

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Community Development Brownfield Program Overview

Pure Michigan

Brownfield Redevelopment Fact Sheet(PDF, 100KB)

Want to get funding for a redevelopment project? Use the below templates and documents for your project.

Check out the Brownfield Application Process here.(PDF, 418KB)

Interested in estimating eligible project activities' costs? Use our Brownfield Eligible Investment Spreadsheet.

Templates

Brownfield Plan Amendment Template

Guides you through all the project details.

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Table Template

Use this Excel spreadsheet with prefilled formatting to enter Tax Increment Revenue data.

Brownfield Redevelopment Work Plan

Use these three document to create a work plan:

Guidance - Provides more details about each section, defines acronyms and helps you through the process

Instructions - Completed work plan with instructions about each section. 

Work Plan template - Now it's your turn. Use this template to complete your work plan

Fees and taxes

Schedule of Fees(PDF, 96KB)

We've outlined the fees to submit your application and other fees (legal, grants, loans, etc.) 

Income Tax Clearance Form

Complete this form to submit tax information to us.

Other Information

Policy Guidelines for Administration of Projects(PDF, 384KB)

The complete guidelines for the administration and evaluation of Brownfield Redevelopment Authority agreements and programs.

Deadlines

Make sure you take plenty of time to plan and prepare your application. After you submit your application, give enough time for staff to review. The BRA and Michigan strategic Fund have deadlines for you to file your application. Make sure you meet these deadlines to be considered for a particular month's agenda.

2018 Application Schedule and Deadlines(PDF, 102KB)

2018 Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) Board Deadlines(PDF, 17KB)

Application 

Submit your application for the BRA program online! Follow these instructions for submitting your online application(PDF, 225KB).

Apply Online

Environmental Site Assessment Funding

The BRA tries to get 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 Grand Rapids. Check out the instructions for filing an application for grant funding here.

Current available funding: 

We got a $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund Grant Award from the U.S. EPA. We also got a supplemental award of $260,000. We may have funding available to help  finance due care and remediation expenses.

We've supported the following projects using the U.S. EPA Revolving Loan Fund:

Kara Wood, Executive Director

Brian Smits, Chairperson

Michael DeVries, Vice Chairperson

Francisco Vega, Secretary

Stanley Wisinski, Treasurer

Third Ward Commissioner Nathaniel Moody

Kristing Bersche

Guillermo Cisneros

Robert Porter

Kimberly McLaughlin

Renee Williams