Lawmakers Spruce Up Brownfield Bill

Feb 13, 2017

State Capitol - file photo
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers want to offer more incentives to developers building on undesirable land. The legislation revives a law that didn’t pass last session. 

Repackaged as the Michigan Thrive Initiative, supporters say the bills would help abandoned buildings, contaminated land, and other underdeveloped areas across Michigan.

But last session, some criticized the legislation’s apparent emphasis on reviving major cities like Detroit. Republican Senator Ken Horn is a bill sponsor.

“We have brownfields across the state. This is not just revolving around one city. We have holes that need to be filled. We have buildings that are crumbling.”

Horn says the legislation would mean tax payers wouldn’t have to shoulder the costs of renovating blighted areas.