Brownfield Redevelopment

What are Brownfield Sites?

Earlier decades of industry and manufacturing have left some properties in Michigan environmentally degraded, contaminated with heavy metals, organic and inorganic chemicals, petroleum constituents, and containing dilapidated buildings and debris.  Brownfield sites are abandoned, idle, or under-used industrial and commercial properties, often in urban areas, where expansion or redevelopment is hindered or complicated by real or perceived environmental conditions. Brownfield problems are not limited to large cities with long histories of heavy industry and large-scale manufacturing activity.  Small towns and villages in Michigan also have properties suspected of contamination, or old buildings which have become eyesores in need of demolition. Revitalization of Brownfield sites is critically important to Michigan.  Brownfield sites present challenges to potential developers, whether contamination is discovered or suspected.  Michigan legislation encourages solutions to historical contamination while protecting human health and natural resources.

What Assistance is Available to Brownfield Authorities for the Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites?

Michigan has developed several incentives for redevelopment, including cost-effective cleanup options, causation-based liability, liability protection for new owners, and grants and loans available to local units of government. Innovative use of available federal, state, and local resources can be incorporated into redevelopment incentives to support expansion and to encourage new businesses to locate in Michigan.

How Can Brownfield Redevelopment Benefit Local Communities?

Reusing our Brownfield sites makes sense economically and environmentally.  Natural areas and green spaces are less likely to succumb to urban sprawl and development when properties are available with existing infrastructure, ready to meet other business needs.

PLEASE BE SURE to contact the Brownfield Director (810-989-6950), if you wish to verify the documents posted on this site are the most current version.

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