Brownfield Redevelopment with F&V

F&V is proud to help communities turn liability properties into their greatest assets.

What Is a Brownfield?

At F&V, we help communities and developers with brownfield redevelopment to make communities safer, create jobs, and increase the tax base. Discover more about these sites, how we address impediments to redevelopment, and why this ultimately benefits communities across Michigan.

A brownfield is a property that has some sort of disadvantage to redevelopment. This could be contamination, blighted buildings, or other issues that may cause problems with its redevelopment.

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Properties qualify as brownfields in Michigan under Act 381 for the following reasons:


How Can Brownfields Be Redeveloped?

Brownfield redevelopment involves many possible types of redevelopment. However, multiple different groups may end up leading the cleanup initiatives. Here are the most common scenarios we see at F&V.

In many cases, the businesses leading private-led site redevelopment projects are land developers planning to offer new commercial or residential properties on the site. However, other types of private businesses—such as utility providers, manufacturers, or other large companies—may also lead these initiatives for community engagement.

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One of the primary differences between a brownfield and a Superfund site is the type of funding being used to remediate them. The term “Superfund” applies to properties that are regulated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). These are sites that have been deemed eligible for funding with federal remediation, either through short-term or long-term treatment.

By contrast, the EPA’s definition of a brownfield constitutes any site where contamination is present, or if there is a threat of possible contamination. Within Michigan, the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act is a unique program designed to remediate brownfields left over from industrial use, especially in areas that are candidates for economic development.