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.
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.
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