Detroit Brownfield
Redevelopment Authority

What Does the DBRA Do?

The City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA) was established to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed and blighted areas within the boundaries of the City of Detroit.

The City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (the “DBRA”) was established pursuant to Michigan Public Act 381 of 1996 (“Act 381”), as amended, to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed and blighted areas within the boundaries of the City of Detroit. Under Act 381, substantial redevelopment throughout Detroit has been supported by Brownfield incentives. Since the program’s inception, the DBRA has facilitated the approval of over 250 plans for Brownfield redevelopment including residential, mixed-use, retail, industrial, office and commercial uses.

Developers of properties that qualify as contaminated, blighted, or functionally obsolete and are part of an approved Brownfield plan, may be eligible for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reimbursement – increases in property taxes that result from new investments – for both environmental and non-environmental activities. These activities include baseline environmental assessments; due care activities; additional response activities; lead, asbestos and mold abatement; demolition; site preparation; and infrastructure improvements.

DBRA is governed by its Board of Directors, who receive input from the DBRA Community Advisory Committee (the “DBRA-CAC”). DBRA Board members are appointed by the mayor subject to the consent of City Council.

For additional information, please contact Brownfield Redevelopment Manager Brian Vosburg.

Brownfield Process

 

  1. DBRA staff accepts the brownfield application and performs financial review of the project
  2. DBRA staff presents the Brownfield Plan to DBRA Board of Directors for approval on next steps:
    • Submit the Brownfield Plan to the DBRA Community Advisory Committee
    • Conduct a local public hearing on the Brownfield Plan
  3. DBRA staff holds a Community Advisory Committee meeting to present the Brownfield Plan for recommendation of approval
  4. DBRA staff holds a public hearing for the proposed Brownfield Plan in the project location area for the purpose of collecting public feedback
  5. The results of the Community Advisory Committee meeting and the local public hearing are presented to the DBRA Board of Directors for final Brownfield Plan approval and submittal to Detroit City Council
  6. A public hearing is held on the Brownfield Plan at Detroit City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee
  7. Detroit City Council votes on approval of the Brownfield Plan
  8. The plan is submitted to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for review and approval of non-environmental eligible activities by the Michigan Strategic Fund
  9. Plan is submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy for review and approval of environmental activities, as applicable.