Michigan has the reputation as a leader in the area of Brownfield redevelopment. In Michigan, Brownfields are properties that are contaminated, blighted, a historical resource or functionally obsolete. In 2011, Michigan’s Brownfield program was significantly impacted as a result of actions taken by the legislature to eliminate Michigan’s Single Business Tax. In late 2012, the Michigan legislature acted to extend, streamline, and enhance the Brownfield program by eliminating the sunset date of January 1, 2013, creating the new Brownfield Redevelopment Fund, and making other improvements.
We help our clients assess the liability issues associated with Brownfield properties, work with local Brownfield authorities, negotiate cleanup obligations, work with environmental consultants and engineering firms, and provide advice and guidance on funding. We have successfully assisted commercial, residential and industrial developers in obtaining Brownfield redevelopment financial incentives: Brownfield redevelopment grants, waterfront grants, site reclamation grants, tax increment financing, single business tax credits and Brownfield revitalization loans.