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Services - Brownfield Redevelopment & Incentives: Expanding Opportunities, Revitalizing Communities

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

Navigating the regulatory and financial challenges of revitalizing Brownfield properties can be both risky and complicated. FTCH helps property owners and developers with financing, incentive and grant applications, and more to create a new vision from an eyesore.


What is Brownfield?


Brownfield sites are contaminated, blighted, historic, or functionally obsolete pieces of property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is hindered by environmental or non-environmental impediments.


Often, redevelopment of these sites can include incentives such as tax increment financing (TIF) or MDEQ Brownfield grants, both attractive to developers and buyers. Our experience working with the MEDC, MDEQ, and EPA application and grant process leads to more opportunity for incentives for your project.


Project Example

New Holland Brewing, located in Grand Rapids, MI (http://newhollandbrew.com/theknickerbocker) is an example of a Brownfield project where FTCH provided programming; master planning; and architectural, interior, structural, and civil design services.

Fulfilling a 10-year vision for a landmark facility in Grand Rapids, New Holland Brewing Company opened this new 4-story, 60,000-sf building as a destination entertainment complex and a standout in the local microbrewery scene. Serving as a gateway into the City’s West Side and a statement of its ongoing renaissance, the building includes a large 2-level, restaurant with outdoor seating, a main level bar, upper level “speak-easy” with views into the distillery, and retail area for selling New Holland products. Additional seating is provided in a unique 3-story indoor beer hall with overhead glass doors opening to the street and an outdoor beer garden with stage. Supporting kitchen and beverage spaces are positioned to provide efficient staff access to all areas, including a separate tasting bar for public tours of onsite beer production areas.



As part of a mixed-use development, a separate lobby provides access to two levels of office space above the restaurant with a large rooftop garden and patio overlooking the city. The site also includes an adjacent retail and 4-level apartment building designed to blend well with its neighboring historic buildings while complimenting the bold design of the New Holland facility.


How can FTCH help?


FTCH’s experts in environmental, architectural, engineering, and construction services will help evaluate the site/building, identify potential funding sources, and work with the developer, lenders, MDEQ, local units of government, and the community at large to properly revitalize these Brownfield sites.


Where to Start?


Contact our Brownfield expert Roman Wilson at

(616)464-3876 or rawilson@ftch.com

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