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Washtenaw County Brownfield Program Releases Annual Report, $15.2M Private Investment From Projects

2016 WCBRA accomplishments underscore importance of brownfield redevelopment projects to job creation, new housing, removal of environmental hazards and revitalization of neighborhoods.

The Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (WCBRA) has released its 2016 Annual Report highlighting key program accomplishments: 

  • $15.2 million in private investment realized from brownfield projects under construction
  • three new approved Brownfield Plans in Ann Arbor and Dexter
  • exceeded metrics for job creation, investments and resulting taxable value 

Staffed by the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED); WCBRA works with municipal partners to identify, cleanup and redevelop brownfield properties throughout Washtenaw County. Since its inception in 1999, WCBRA has supported projects representing $430 million of new investment and the creation/retention of more than 3,900 jobs.

“2016 was another active and successful year with three new Brownfield Plans approved,” said Doug McClure, WCBRA Chair. “Beyond removing dangerous buildings and the underlying contamination that compromise the environment and public health; the projects we support provide economic development opportunities with new tax base, jobs, and infill development that help re-energize commercial areas and neighborhoods.”

“The Authority is rolling out new grant and loan programs to support our municipal partners with their most difficult brownfield sites,” said Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner. “Funding for re-use planning, cleaning up pollution, and providing critical infrastructure all make these properties more likely to become positive assets in our community again.”

In 2016, the Brownfield Authority created a new Local Brownfield Revolving Fund (LBRF) to assist with brownfield projects in WCBRA member communities; and in 2017, established an Environmental Assessment Grant Program to assist public and private entities with environmental assessments on prospective brownfield properties.

“As part of our commitment to improving quality of life for Washtenaw County residents, OCED will continue to support WCBRA efforts in converting challenged brownfield properties into new revitalized properties for Washtenaw County residents” said Andrea Plevek, Director, Washtenaw County OCED

For more information on Washtenaw County’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program, visit www.ewashtenaw.org/brownfields

The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) is committed to revitalizing and promoting the economic growth of communities within Washtenaw County.

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About Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED)
In service of our belief that all Washtenaw County residents deserve a high quality of life, OCED delivers critical programs and community initiatives in the areas of affordable housing, human services, economic development and community infrastructure. We serve local individuals, families, and communities through a mix of direct services, public policy development, and investment of monetary and technical support. To learn more, visit www.ewashtenaw.org/oced

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