Optimism in urban communities over new brownfield legislation

Capital News Service
LANSING– After passing through the Senate, legislation to help cities rebuild from urban decay has been met with enthusiasm, but also questions, in local communities. The bills would provide tax relief for developers building on previously contaminated and blighted land, known as brownfields. Such projects have clean-up costs, and developers would not ordinarily undertake them without financial assistance, according to proponents. Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, the primary sponsor for the package, said that communities could benefit greatly from the investments. “When you develop economically in a community, you get people moving back in again,” Horn said.