The City of Ferndale Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
300 East Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
What is a "Brownfield?"
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "brownfields"
are idle, abandoned, or under-used properties where expansion or
redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived structural
conditions. Until recently, the redevelopment of such properties was
particularly hindered by strict environmental laws.
How do I know if a property is a brownfield?
A prospective purchaser should contact the City's Community
Development Services office to see if information available
regarding a particular site. Information may also be available
through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Please visit their website at
Site assessment activities, to determine whether a site is or may be
a brownfield, may be funded through the city's Brownfield
Redevelopment Authority (BRA).
What is a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, how can one help
The Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act (1996 PA 381, as
amended by 2000 PA 145) allows local units of government to create
one or more Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities (BRAs) to identify
and plan for reuse of brownfield properties. BRAs develop and
implement brownfield redevelopment financing plans, which identify
eligible environmental activities that will be conducted at the
site, and determine if Tax Increment Financing will be used to
capture state and local property taxes, and/or if the owner of the
property will be applying for a Single Business Tax Credit.
Tax increment financing allows BRAs to capture property taxes
from the increased value as a result of development to pay for the
environmental activities needed for the development, and to
establish their own site remediation fund the original bill is paid.
What kind of activities are "eligible activities"?
Eighty-eight cities within the State of Michigan are designated
as "Qualified Governmental Units" or "Core
Communities." Ferndale was included in that list. In Core
Communities, a developer can be reimbursed for activities in
addition to those pertaining to environmental assessment. Eligible
activities in a Core Community may include:
- Environmental Site Assessments
- Due Care Activities
- Asbestos and Lead Abatement, and
- Site Improvements
Please contact the City to determine the eligibility of your
What is the Brownfield Redevelopment process?
The process begins with an application from a prospective
developer. The Ferndale BRA reviews the application, and contacts
the developer. The developer then creates a Brownfield Plan which
describes the project in detail and includes the information on the
eligible activities to be performed at the site. The Brownfield Plan
describes the taxes that are to be captured at each property, and
indicates how the eligible activities will be initially funded. Act
381 sets forth the legal requirements for a Brownfield Plan.
Once a Brownfield Plan is complete, the BRA votes on whether to
recommend it to the Ferndale City Council. The City Council then has
the final vote on whether or not to approve the plan. If school
taxes are to be captured, a work plan must also be prepared, and
submitted to the appropriate agency, as defined by Act 381. The
Ferndale BRA will work with the developer through every step of the
process to help ensure the project is a success!
Where can I learn more about Brownfield Redevelopment?
The following links provide information about Brownfield
Redevelopment in Michigan:
I'm ready, how do I get started?
To request an application, or for more information, call the
Community Development Services office at (248)546-2366.
The City of Ferndale BRA meets the first Thursday of every month
at 7:00pm in City Hall.
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