The Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (KCBRA) is a state sanctioned authority created in 2002 to address Brownfield sites countywide. It was established under the Brownfield Redevelopment Refinancing Act (Act 381 of 1996, as amended). The KCBRA’s role is to assist participating county municipalities and developers through the use of tax increment financing, grants, loans and other incentives. The KCBRA also serves on the county’s Economic Development Corporation Board and collaborates as needed. The 9-member board is selected by the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners. The KCBRA has become a major resource and partner for positive economic change in Kalamazoo County, helping to assess and understand contaminated sites, foster job creation, eliminate blight, re-use properties and infrastructure, and leverage investment.

Major Goals of Brownfield Redevelopment:

  1. Increase investment, jobs and revenue
  2. Re-use existing infrastructure
  3. Encourage redevelopment
  4. Recovery of tax base
  5. Improve value of surrounding  property
  6. Preserve historic or cultural community icons
  7. Environmental cleanup
  8. Reduce sprawl