Macomb County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
The purpose of the Brownfield Authority is to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed areas, either by providing incentives for developers to clean up contaminated or functionally obsolete property, by receiving grants to perform the clean up before a development is involved, or a combination of the two. As stated in Public Act 381 (1996), an authority may: (1) capture increases in property tax revenues generated by the redevelopment of eligible properties to reimburse parties for costs of eligible development activities; (2) use captured revenues to finance a local remediation revolving fund to address other eligible sites; and (3) provide eligibility for single business tax credit to taxpayer for their investments on the eligible site. Brownfield authorities can qualify for Brownfield site assessment grants, redevelopment grants and the state revitalization loan fund.
The Brownfield Authority is comprised of nine members: one MISD representative and eight community leaders:
- David Scurto (Chair)
- Brandon Jonas (Vice Chair)
- Bonnie McInerney-Slater (Secretary / Treasurer)
- Dana Camphous-Peterson
- Dennis E. Champine
- Joseph Aragona
- Julijana Misich-Rasanehr
- Patrick Meagher
- Paul Bodiya (MISD)
Staff Contact: Amanda Minaudo, AICP, Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current Incentives / Funding Opportunities
EPA Assessment Grant:
Macomb County, which was awarded a $300,000 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment Grant in 2020, is currently taking applications for sites that require environmental site assessments. PM Environmental (PM), a leading environmental risk management firm, has been selected as the grant’s environmental services consultant to assist the County in managing the grant, completing environmental assessments, and providing brownfield redevelopment planning services over the next three years.
The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) will use the funds to assess brownfield sites where redevelopment will support environmental improvement initiatives, foster economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for residents. Applications for projects that are shovel-ready, located within economically distressed areas of the County, have known or suspected contamination, and have the potential to create economic growth are encouraged to be submitted for the County’s consideration.
Grant funding will be used to provide assistance to conduct Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Baseline Environmental Assessments (BEAs), Documentation of Due Care Compliance (DDCC), and Lead and Asbestos Surveys in support of brownfield redevelopment projects throughout the County.
Click here to view the Project Intake Form
Click here for a cut sheet on the program
EPA Revolving Loan Fund:
Macomb County has available low-interest loan funds that are available for clean-up activities on eligible sites impacted by Hazardous and/or Petroleum substances. Sites eligible for hazardous funding are those sites with the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants, such as, but not limited to: heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, asbestos and sites contaminated with controlled substances.
Click here to access the Project Preliminary Application (Step One)
Click here to access the Property & Borrower/Subgrantee Eligibility Determination Form (Step Two)
Brownfield Tax Increment Financing:
The Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, mcl Act 381 of 1996, enables the Macomb County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to authorize tax increment financing for the implementation of redevelopment projects.
The incremental increases to property tax revenues can be captured and used to finance eligible activities on a site, including baseline environmental assessments, due care activities and additional environmental response activities.