The Obsolete Property Rehabilitation (OPRA) Program, as defined in Michigan Public Act 146 of 2000, as amended, provides a reduction of future taxes on improvements made for a period of 10-12 years following the rehabilitation of an eligible building.
Eligible OPRA projects meet the following criteria:
- Determination of functional obsolescence by the City Assessor
- Commercial use (mixed-use or containing more than 10 rental units)
- Investment of at least $30 per square foot
- Project will rehabilitate an existing building, not construct a new building
The application process takes 3-4 months, as detailed in the “OPRA Application Process” document linked below. OPRA applications need to be approved by both the City Commission and the State Tax Commission. Further, building permits cannot be pulled on a proposed OPRA project until the OPRA District is approved at City Commission Meeting #3.
Your first step to exploring eligibility for the OPRA program is to contact our office to discuss the project and its qualifications.