Under the provisions that Act 381 allows, the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has made substantial progress revitalizing brownfield properties. Since 2011, the BRA has approved 26 projects to be entered into Brownfield plans. Of those projects:
- Twelve of the sites have been redeveloped and are in current use
- Five projects are in the middle of cleanup or under construction
- Two sites are in the process of submitting their Act 381 Work Plan with the State
- The remaining seven projects are in varying states of site plan development, and negotiations with the BRA on redevelopment terms
These projects have included residential, mixed-use, retail, office, commercial and industrial uses. Not only have the uses varied but also the size of the project and dollars invested. Examples range from the Parkview and Whites project, located at 1910 Parkview Avenue, that constructed 2,800 square feet of commercial space, increased taxable value by $189,856, and created five full-time jobs to the Main Street Properties project, located at the 2700 block of West Michigan Avenue, that constructed 130,000 square feet of combined commercial, office, and residential space, increased taxable value by $1,893,580, and created 75 new jobs.
The BRA remains a committed partner in the community, with continued support for sustainable redevelopment projects and expanded collaborative efforts with the redevelopment community. In 2016 alone, the BRA was able to finalize negotiations and/or execute agreements with developers for six new redevelopment projects expected to leverage $77.8 million. Additionally, the projects will create or redevelop 596,754 square feet for residential, office, and commercial uses. The investments are expected to create 242 jobs and to act as catalysts for additional investment. Significant progress continues on BRA-supported redevelopment projects that were underway prior to 2016.
The following documents provide an overview of three of the BRA’s recent development projects.
- pdf Case Study, Depot (450 KB)
- pdf Case Study, Walbridge (550 KB)
- pdf Case Study, Fabri Kal (506 KB)