On May 14, 2021, Michigan‘s State Land Bank Authority (SLBA) and the Michigan Department of Treasury announced that $800,000 in blight elimination grants will be awarded to six cities across the state.
“This is a great opportunity for communities across the state to tackle blight, remove vacant and abandoned structures from neighborhoods and prepare areas for developments that spark future investment, expansion and growth,” said Emily Doerr, Executive Director of the SLBA.
We here at REVITALIZATION hope that all of the recipient communities have strategic renewal processes in place, so that these investments actually lead to revitalization, and not just to vacant lots after demolition.
The Blight Elimination Grant program was made available to a city, village, township, county or land bank for projects that pose an immediate public safety or health risk to the community.
The grant assists in removing vacant and abandoned structures in preparation for future developments, helping launch business investments and spurring economic growth.
Grants totaling $800,000 will be awarded to the following communities:
- City of Albion $200,000
- City of Bessemer $24,800
- City of Jackson $125,200
- City of Lapeer $200,000
- City of Saginaw $200,000
- City of St. Johns $50,000
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Land Bank on this opportunity to fund these individual projects across our state and make way for the continued enhancement of our Michigan communities,” said Deputy State Treasurer Joyce Parker, who oversees Treasury’s State and Local Finance programs.
“The requests received illustrate that our Michigan communities are serious about eliminating blight, creating more vibrant spaces and pursuing opportunities for growth,” she added.
Proposals were evaluated on their anticipated impact in promoting public safety and health, enhancing economic development, public and private investment in the project, and their alignment with a local place plan or other placemaking effort.
SLBA has eliminated 3,362 blighted structures and returned 2,480 properties to productive use since 2010.
Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan.