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DEQ Partners with Local Communities to Revitalize Properties

March 21, 2019

Link to Brownfield Flip VideoThe DEQ partners with communities to protect public health and the environment and revitalize vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination, known as Brownfields. MDEQ grants and loans help make Brownfields productive again: partnerships between MDEQ and communities have created over $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant and loan dollar invested by the DEQ in 2018 to protect residents and the environment is expected to return an average of $42 to the state's economy. When Brownfields are redeveloped, property values increase both on the revitalized site and on other nearby properties.

A series of Brownfield Flip videos created by the DEQ shows the Brownfield Program's successes, like Bay City's Uptown. For years, the blighted hulk of the old Industrial Brownhoist factory, once a major local employer, sat empty. A contaminated 43-acre site doesn't get redeveloped overnight. Bay City's perseverance combined with financial incentives and technical assistance from the DEQ, helped clean up and safely reuse this Brownfield site. Uptown at River's Edge is now a beautiful riverfront development with a marina, hotel, restaurants, offices, and condominiums.

Six more Brownfield Flip videos are available. The Detroit Riverfront video has Spanish closed-captioning. Subscribe to the DEQ's YouTube channel to be notified when new videos are released. Learn more at


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