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Section 4 – Toolbox

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The chances of a site being considered for inclusion in the brownfield plan may be increased through the following activities: • Formulating a development proposal (to include potential uses of sites, community need for redevelopment, benefits of redevelopment and parties interested in redeveloping the site). • Incorporating the proposal into the community’s economic development strategy. • Gaining community consensus and input in support of the redevelopment goals. • Creating site profiles: collecting detailed data on specific sites, including information about ownership, past uses and suitable potential uses. The aforementioned activities may aid the City and the local BRA to streamline projects that neighborhoods have designated as redevelopment preferences.

Brownfields... “Abandoned, idle or underused Quality). industrial The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Auand thority (BRA) is authorized by the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act (Act 381), Public commercial Acts of Michigan 1996. The Authority’s aim is to properties “promote the redevelopment of environmentally distressed properties within the Brownfield where Redevelopment Zone”(Grand Rapids Brownfield redevelopment Once a site is approved, the BRA can then establish a Tax Redevelopment Plan, 1998). Increment Financing (TIF) program or tap other sources of is complicated economic development grants available from a variety of The BRA uses a Brownfield Plan that may be by real or modified as necessary in order to achieve the aims of government agencies for the remediation of Brownfield Act 381. At present the following seven properties sites. These funding sources include: perceived are listed on the Grand Rapids Plan: • The Department of Environmental Quality Grants contamina- Site Assessment Program 1) MacDonald’s Industrial Products Property tion”.. - Site Reclamation Program

Tool Description Brownfields are “abandoned, idle, or underused industrial and commercial properties where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination” (The Department of Environmental

2) Prestige Awnings property 3) Franklin Metal Trading Corporation Property 4) Cherry Street Landing , L.L.C. Property 5) Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Group, Inc. 6) American Laundry Property 7) 56 Grandville Avenue, L.L.C. Property

A potential brownfield redevelopment site may be presented to the City and BRA for consideration.

Community Development Block Grant Funds - Commercial and Industrial Rehabilitation/ Redevelopment Initiative - Economic Development Infrastructure Program - Economic Development Planning Program - Renaissance Fund

Department of Environmental Quality

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