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Whitmer allocates more than $21M for blight elimination


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has allocated more than $21 million to transform vacant properties across the state into productive reuses of land

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is focused on investing in communities across the state to make them a better place to raise a family, start a business and pursue one’s potential.

Her latest plan to revitalize communities focuses on blight elimination. Whitmer has allocated more than $21 million to fund a competitive grant program, administered by the State Land Bank Authority, to address vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties across Michigan and convert them into productive spaces for the community.

In a statement on Friday, Whitmer said the investment would “help communities across the state increase surrounding property values, improve the health of local housing markets, remove safety hazards and boost local tax revenue.”

The funding is a portion of the governor’s $75 million bipartisan budget aimed at blight elimination.

The State Land Bank Authority has opened the request for proposals. Cities, townships, counties and land banks can apply for the grant funding.

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