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The Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission (KHPC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Historic Preservation Awards of Merit. The awards recognize individuals or institutions that have done an outstanding job of rehabilitating a historic structure or have actively promoted or contributed to historic preservation in the city of Kalamazoo.

Community members are invited to nominate worthy candidates in any or all of the following categories:

  • Individuals or institutions whose day-to-day, general preservation activities merit significant recognition OR who, as stewards of a historic property, have demonstrated excellence in ongoing preservation by the use of timely maintenance and repair.
  • Residential Property projects – demonstrate outstanding, completed exterior restoration or rehabilitation work or new sympathetic infill construction.
  • Commercial/Institutional/Government Property Projects - demonstrate outstanding, completed exterior restoration or rehabilitation work or new sympathetic infill construction.
  • Mixed Use (commercial and Residential or others) Property Projects - demonstrate outstanding, completed exterior restoration or rehabilitation work or new sympathetic infill construction.
  • Infill or new construction which complements the historic character of the surrounding buildings.

New Categories for 2020

  • Interior Rehabilitation – nominations in this category must have the owner’s permission and the nominator must be able to facilitate a viewing by the judges. “Before” photos are especially important in this category.
  • Innovative Solutions in Preservation - Award recognizes an outstanding and creative example of adaptive reuse, incorporating sensitive and creative solutions to issues of sustainability, and integration of accessibility improvements.
  • Archaeology Award - Award is open to individuals, institutions, or organizations, public or private, who merit recognition for their contributions to the preservation of Kalamazoo’s archaeological heritage.

Community members can submit as many separate nominations as they wish. Honorees will be announced and awards will be presented at a ceremony during National Preservation Month in May 2020.

To be eligible for nomination, projects must be located in the City of Kalamazoo and have been completed within the past five years, with the work substantially completed by February 29, 2020. The commission is especially seeking projects outside the currently designated historic districts. Rehabilitation projects should comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards.

  pdf 2020 HPC Awards of Merit Nomination Packet (469 KB)

Completed nominations can be submitted to Sharon Ferraro, City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator by mail or in person to 245 North Rose, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Nominations are due by Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call Sharon Ferraro at (269) 337-8804 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The City Manager’s Office established the 12-member Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board (CPSRAB). The purpose of the CPSRAB is to provide an opportunity for the City Manager to receive input from a citizen board prior to deciding appeals filed with him/her pursuant to Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) General Order 16 and to request that the City Manager inquire into any conduct of a public safety officer in the absence of a complaint.  CPSRAB shall also have the following roles:

  1. Build more credibility, community trust, and confidence by participation in a process that will respond appropriately to allegations of misconduct by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety sworn personnel.
  2. Respond to requests from the City Manager on the disposition of inquiries and complaints, as well as the complaint process. 
  3. Serve in an advisory role to the City Manager regarding possible improvements to policies and procedures regarding the complaint process or which are implicated in the complaint process, and to the Department of Public Safety regarding methods to improve the communication and outreach to citizens.

Apply to Join CPSRAB  File a Complaint  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Complaint Process

Investigation of a Complaint (PCR)

  1. The Inspector of Professional Standards is responsible for the thorough investigation of your complaint against any employee of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. The Inspector of Professional Standards may assign a command officer to investigate your complaint or be assisted by the Criminal Investigation Division.
  2. Upon completion of the investigation, the complainant shall be notified of one of the following conclusions:

UNFOUNDED: meaning it was proven conclusively that the acts or acts in your complaint did not occur.
EXONERATED: meaning the act or acts in your complaint did occur but were proven justified or proper.
SUSTAINED: meaning there was sufficient evidence to clearly prove your allegations.
MISCONDUCT NOT BASED ON COMPLAINT: meaning the investigation uncovered improper job performance apart from your complaint.
EXCEPTIONALLY CLEARED: meaning the complainant/reportee failed to cooperate with the investigation or did not provide information that would sustain an investigation.

  1. The Director of the Office of Professional Standards shall send the complainant a follow-up evaluation form, and advise them of their right to seek an appeal and review of the disposition with the Board in a self-addressed, stamped envelope that can be returned to the KDPS.


Appeal of Findings by the Chief of Public Safety

  1. Following the conclusion of a complaint (PCR) investigation and a final finding by the Chief, the complainant may appeal the Chief’s findings to the City Manager.  An appeal must be filed with the office of the City Manager within 14 business days of the date that the complainant has been sent notification of the Chief’s decision.  An appeal may be filed in person, in writing, by e-mail, or by fax.  The City Manager shall promptly refer the matter to the Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board. 
  2. The CPSRAB’s scope of authority when considering an appeal shall be limited to reviewing decisions made by the Chief of Public Safety at the conclusion of the PCR complaint process.  The Board shall have the authority to hear an appeal from any PCR finding in which the Chief has made a finding of exonerated, unfounded, misconduct not based on the complaint, or not sustained, and to recommend to the City Manager that the Chief’s finding be changed to sustained under Department of Public Safety General Order 16. The Board shall not have the authority to hear an appeal when the Chief has sustained the complaint.  The Board shall not have the authority either to impose discipline on any employee or to recommend that discipline be imposed or increased in a particular instance. 
  3. The appeal hearing will be closed to the public if requested by the complainant.  If a closed hearing is not requested by the complainant, the hearing shall be open to the public. 
  4. At the conclusion of its deliberations, the Board shall prepare a written report for submission to the City Manager setting forth its findings and conclusions, and, based on its findings and conclusions, shall recommend that the City Manager either sustain or reverse the Chief’s finding. 
  5. The City Manager shall have the final authority to sustain or reverse a finding of the Chief which has been appealed to the Citizen Public Safety Review and Appeal Board.


Different development projects demand different approaches, from rehabilitating single-family homes or expanding a small-business to launching the next hot start-up. What all projects share is a need for customized guidance to grow your dream into reality. The City of Kalamazoo has a dedicated team that makes the development process easier, faster, and more equitable in Kalamazoo. Wherever you are in the process, our team is here to help you navigate all aspects of development, things like permitting, site selection, site plan review, and financial incentives. All you need to do to get started is email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Kalamazoo's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was established to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed, contaminated or blighted areas of the City of Kalamazoo. The BRA develops and implements a plan to use tax increment financing to ameliorate environmental contamination on development sites. It also owns properties in the city that are available for redevelopment (you can find a list of property ownd by the BRA by seaching for the owner "brownfield" in the City's GIS system).

Privately-owned sites may qualify as brownfields under Act 381 and be eligible for incentives if the site you are interested in is environmentally contaminated, blighted, or considered functionally obsolete. To qualify for incentives as a brownfield, projects must either generate property tax revenue when redeveloped or provide new job opportunities and/or a needed neighborhood or community service. 

Brownfield Plan
Brownfield Plan Application

City staff and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority board will evaluate each project/property before making a recommendation to the City Commission regarding inclusion/categorization of a privately-owned property in the Brownfield Plan. Once the site is entered into the Brownfield Plan, City staff will negotiate terms with the proposed developer and complete a redevelopment agreement. Terms and agreement are subject to Board approval. 

The City of Kalamazoo's Economic Development team is happy to guide you through the brownfield redevelopment process. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn if brownfield redevelopment is right for your project.

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Business Assistance

If you need help writing a business plan, selecting or acquiring a site, planning, obtaining permits, or securing incentives, the City of Kalamazoo is happy to be your first phone call. Members of the City's development team are available to meet with potential developers, business owners, or entrepreneurs every Wednesday morning to review plans, discuss permitting or zoning requirements, or answer any questions that you might have. You can meet with the team as many times as you like at no cost to help you make informed decisions at every step of the process.

Business Development Fund

Funding opportunities are also available through the City's Business Development Fund. With support from the Foundation for Excellence, the Business Development Fund offers funding and financing options to local entrepreneurs and neighborhood businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Grants up to $2,500, loans up to $35,000 and gap financing up to $25,000 are all available through the Business Development Fund when more traditional financing is unavailable.  A number of other economic incentives are available from governmental and private organizations. Kalamazoo's development team can help identify what programs are available for your project. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about what options are available and how to apply. 


Below are active site plans that are available for public review. Please send any comments regarding a site plan to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that site plan review will not take place on April 8, 2020.

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