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Topics: Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development, Food Retailers
Policy type: Law
Year: 2005

The Commercial Rehabilitation Act (Public Act 210 of 2005) provides property tax abatements for up to 10 years for cities, villages, or townships to support the rehabilitation of commercial property. To receive the abatement, the local government unit or property owners must establish a Commercial Rehabilitation District through a resolution.

Relationship to food access, food insecurity, or local food economies:

Food innovation districts are “geographic concentration(s) of food-oriented businesses, services, and community activities” (Lucas et al. 2013). The Marquette Food Co-Op’s food hub that received a tax abatement on property improvements for five years after the City of Marquette passed a resolution that established a Commercial Rehabilitation District. Centers such as these can promote healthy foods in areas with reduced food access and offer economic opportunities for small-scale farmers and distributors (Cantrell et. al 2013).

Scale of Governance: State
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Michigan Good Food Charter Priority: Priority 4 - Support new or existing grocery stores, Priority 5 - Encourage food business districts

Cantrell, P., Colasanti, K., Goddeeris, L., Lucas, S., McCauley, M., Michigan State
University Urban Planning Practicum 2012 (2013). Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool. Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. Retrieved on November 7, 2014 from: LINK.

Lucas, S., Goddeeris, L. & Cantrell, P. (2013). Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool. Michigan Planner, 17(3). Retrieved on November 5, 2014 from LINK.