TBRA provides $5 million annually to investigate and clean up brownfields - contaminated land, ground water, or buildings - for redevelopment. As one of the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities funding accounts, TBRA provides key support for a wide range of projects, from affordable and market rate multi‐family housing to commercial and industrial redevelopment.
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Clean up contaminated sites in the 7‐county metropolitan region
Increase communities’ local tax base
Add or preserve living wage jobs
Produce affordable housing
Expand each community’s range of housing choices
Efficiently use existing transit and sewer services
Encourage use of existing parks or walking trails
Support projects that are poised for redevelopment
A competitive application relies on a public‐private partnership between a city, county or local development authority and a private developer or land‐owner to complete a redevelopment. Typically programs at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Hennepin/Ramsey County complement TBRA awards.
From 1996-2013, the Metropolitan Council awarded 370 pollution cleanup grants totaling over $99 million to projects in 45 cities and towns. New and completed projects are projected to net over $96 million increase in annual net tax capacity and more than 43,000 new and retained jobs.
Applications for the fall round of TBRA funding will be due on May 1st. More information will be available after the Metropolitan Council acts on the annual fund distribution plan on March 26th.
The following materials are from the 2013 funding year and are available for reference only. These will be replaced after the Council approves the annual fund distribution plan. All 2014 applications will be handled through a new online application that will be rolled out concurrently with the fund distribution plan.