Commercial Rehabilitation District Program Launched

The Negaunee Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce the launch of the City’s Commercial Rehabilitation District Program. The program is aimed at helping to spur local investment and development in Negaunee’s Downtown district by providing tax abatements on improvements to eligible properties. The program will assist in investment and repairs to older buildings, attracting new businesses, creating or sustaining jobs, making grants available through the MEDC, and the prospective use of historic tax credits.

Approved by City Council in October 2020, the program was established according to Public Act 210. According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation website, a Commercial Rehabilitation District “Encourages the rehabilitation of commercial property by abating the property taxes generated from new investment for a period up to 10-years.” According to Manager Heffron, “City staff has been working over the last few months to develop policies, procedures, and an application package to implement the program.” The Negaunee Downtown Development Authority is charged with evaluating the projects based on set criteria and making recommendations for final approval to the City Council. Requirements include a minimum $50,000 investment and the creation or retention of jobs, among others. “We think we have a pretty good program and that it will be very user friendly for both city staff and applicants,” Gary Nelson, Chairperson of the Negaunee DDA commented.

Property owners and businesses that are interesting in applying for benefits under this program can start by contacting the Negaunee City Planning and Zoning Administrator at 906-475-7700 ext. 12, to determine if they qualify for this and other programs. A full review of the Applicant Packet can be found at our Downtown Development Authority (DDA) page.