Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA) was established pursuant to Michigan Public Act 381 of 1996 (“Act 381”), as amended, to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed and blighted areas within the boundaries of the City of Detroit, Michigan. Under Act 381, developers of properties that are located in Detroit, that qualify as contaminated, blighted, or functionally obsolete and are part of an approved Brownfield plan, may be eligible for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reimbursement for both environmental and non-environmental activities. These eligible activities include baseline environmental assessments and remediation, demolition, lead and asbestos abatement, site preparation, and public infrastructure improvements.  Click here to learn more.
Recent History
Substantial redevelopment throughout Detroit has been supported by Brownfield incentives. Since the program’s inception, the DBRA has facilitated the approval of over 198 plans for Brownfield redevelopment including residential, mixed-use, retail, office and commercial uses. Once completed, these plans are expected to create approximately $6.7 billion in new investment, 18,500 jobs, and over 10,000 housing units in the City of Detroit.  Click here for a list of major brownfield projects
The Brownfield Process
Applying for a Brownfield plan is a multiple-step process that requires approvals by the DBRA, Detroit City Council and State of Michigan.  Applicants are encouraged to contact DEGC at 313-483-4150 or  for assistance with the process.  Click here for a summary of the steps required and DBRA guidelines
Members and Meetings

The DBRA is governed by a nine-member board and advised by a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Click here to see the list of members. DEGC provides technical and administrative staff for the DBRA.

Regularly scheduled DBRA meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 PM with DBRA CAC meetings at 5:00 PM. Regularly scheduled changes in the meeting schedule are posted in advance outside the offices of DEGC, Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Suite 2200, Detroit and at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Meetings are also posted on the DEGC Web Calendar  

To view DBRA Board meeting agendas and minutes click here.
To view DBRA CAC meeting agendas and minutes click here.

Brownfield Plans 
To view Brownfield Plans being considered for approval by the DBRA and/or City Council click here.