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Brownfield Sites in Detroit, Lansing Coming Back to Life

Friday, March 05, 2004

Susan McCormick
(517) 335-4590

Three Projects Will Attract More than $6.4 Million in Investment

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that Single Business Tax (SBT) credits offered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will help redevelop three brownfield sites in Detroit and Lansing. The redevelopments are expected to spur more than $6.4 million in private investment and retain up to 35 jobs.

"We're helping to bring back Michigan's brownfields one site at a time," Granholm said. "Transforming brownfields helps communities by putting unused property back on the tax rolls, as well as creating other opportunities for investment and growth."

A total of approximately $647,000 in brownfield SBT credits was recently awarded to benefit the following projects:

  • Builders Plumbing and Heating Supply, Lansing will utilize a credit valued at $190,000 to partially demolish an existing structure and construct a 40,000-square-foot expansion near the intersection of Hosmer and Kalamazoo streets. The wholesale supplier of plumbing and heating products will invest $1.9 million in the project, retaining 35 high-paying jobs. The city of Lansing, through its brownfield redevelopment authority, also supported the project with tax increment financing valued at more than $212,552.
  • Nailah, LLC, Detroit plans to transform four vacant, tax reverted parcels of land near the Detroit Institute of Arts into 10 condominium units using a $215,000 credit. The developer will invest more than $2.1 million in the project.
  • Nailah-Brush Park Mack Development, LLC, Detroit, plans to invest more than $2.4 million to rehabilitate a brownfield site located on Mack Avenue across from the Detroit Medical Center for redevelopment into condominium units. A credit valued at $241,958 will help facilitate the project.

The administrative process for awarding brownfield credits involving projects with $10 million or less in private investment was recently transferred from the Michigan Department of Treasury to the MEDC. Since the demand for the credits outstripped the amount available in recent years, the MEDC has devised new criteria to determine the eligibility of the smaller brownfield projects, ensuring that sites with the greatest community impact would receive consideration.

Brownfield credits help communities close the cost gap between developing green space and the expense of redeveloping a brownfield," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. "Making sure the most highly qualified projects have access to this tool is important to the ongoing success of redevelopment in communities across the state."