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Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA)




TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS IN THE COUNTY OF GRAND TRAVERSE:  TAKE NOTICE that the Grand Traverse County BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY is partnering with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to conduct a general assessment of groundwater and surface water quality in the area of Traverse City Place, including the West Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay (West Bay) shoreline at and near the West End Public Beach and the Open Space.  Work will begin on or about May 23, 2013 and progress through June 2013. Updates to specific schedules will be provided on this website at or by stopping into the Grand Traverse County Planning and Development Offices at 400 Boardman Avenue, governmental center, 3rd floor.


The purpose of the assessment activities is to determine general groundwater quality and to identify significant historical sources of contamination that may be of concern to the environmental quality of West Bay. Collectively, the assessment area is generally bounded by West Bay to the north, Union Street to the east, the Boardman River and Front Street to the south, and Gillis Street and an alley to the west. When complete, the assessment results will be available to the public. Public open houses and/or other outreach sessions will be conducted to answer questions and receive comments. These results will be used to determine if environmental cleanup activities are necessary to ensure the on-going environmental health of the West Bay.


The Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment BRA Logo 1
Authority promotes and facilitates the reuse and redevelopment of environmentally impaired properties. 

The Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was established in 1997 under the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing 
Act, PA 381 of 1996, as amended.

Primary Functions of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority:
  • Facilitate the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated and under utilized properties located within the County.
  • Oversee the process of reviewing, approving and management of Brownfield plans and work plans for site redevelopment through the use of tax increment financing, tax credits, grants and loans and in association with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Economic Growth Authority.
  • Work to clean up sites with contaminated soil and groundwater.
  • Redevelop contaminated sites to reduce development pressure on the green spaces. Redeveloped properties increase in value and thereby increase the tax base.
  • Facilitate creation of new jobs and employment opportunities in community.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority generally meets on the last

FBWednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m.