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Last month, the Washtenaw County Brownfield Authority (WCBRA) released its 2018 Annual Report. The report detailed over 65 million dollars in private investment and substantial environmental remediation and public infrastructure investment in 2018.
“It was certainly a busy year for the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority with 6 ongoing redevelopment projects and 7 environment assessment grants,” commented WCBRA Coordinator, Nathan Voght. “What was particularly exciting about 2018 was our added focus on facilitating affordable housing through the leveraging of brownfield incentives. We’ll continue to work with our local governmental partners to use brownfield incentives to advance affordable housing goals moving forward.”
The new opportunity to connect brownfield incentives to affordable housing included one mixed-used development breaking ground at 1140 Broadway St in Ann Arbor (formerly known as “Lower Town”) that will add 15 affordable housing units. Also, the WCBRA provided funding through the Local Brownfield Revolving Fund to support demolition and infrastructure activities at the “Swift Lane” project. This project is a partnership with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission and will result in a total of 64 affordable rental units.
To learn more about the WCBRA, read the 2018 Annual Report.