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Tax Increment Financing (TIF) & Economic Development Tax Abatement

GREDA and the City of Grand Rapids have utilized and are willing to consider additional use of the TIF public development financing tool to overcome financial barriers that would have precluded private investment in projects that meet public purposes or objectives such as:

    • Redevelop areas occupied with substandard buildings
    • Build housing for low-income and moderate-income families
    • Clean up pollution
    • Provide general economic development incentives
    • Finance public infrastructure, such as streets, sewer, water, sidewalks, and similar improvements

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Block 37 (Downtown Grand Rapids- pre-project)


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Block 37 TIF Project


GREDA staff is available to confidentially discuss your project to determine if it may qualify for one of the following types of TIF districts permitted by Minnesota statutes:

TIF District Type

Duration Limit (after receipt of first increment)

Geographic Areas That Quality

Permitted Uses of Increments

Compact Development 25 years

- 70% occupied by buildings
- planned development increases the square footage of C/I buildings by three times or more

- Land acquisition and site preparation
- Public infrastructure except roads, parking, or similar to service passenger vehicles

Economic Development 8 years

No restrictions

- Manufacturing
- Warehousing
- R&D facilities
- Telemarketing
- Tourism in qualifying counties
- Commercial developments in small cities

Housing 25 years

No restrictions

Housing for low- or moderate-income renters or homeowners

Hazardous Substance Subdistricts 25 years

Parcels in a TIF district containing polluted sites and contiguous parcels

Site acquisition and cleanup

Redevelopment 25 years

- 70% occupied by buildings, 50% of which are substandard or
- certain rail-yards
- tank facilities

Correction of conditions justifying creating district

Renewal and Renovation 15 years

70% occupied by buildings, 20% of which are substandard and another 30% require renovation

Correction of conditions justifying creating district

Soils Condition 20 years

Site contains pollution and cost of cleanup exceeds lesser of $2/sq. ft. or the fair market value of the land

Site acquisition and cleanup




Oakwood Terrace TIF Project



Crystal Lake Estates TIF Project

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Grand Plaza TIF Project

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