Join and get involved with the MI Impact Coalition  and MHPN as we work to bring back Michigan’s State Rehab Tax  Credit. New bills were introduced in the house & senate January 2019. 

MI Impact – MI Historic Tax Credits

January 31, 2019

Great news: Senate Bill 54 and House Bill 4100 to reinstate the Michigan historic preservation tax credit were introduced last week!

Your support remains critical to this effort. Would you please consider asking your City Council or Township Board to introduce and pass a resolution to support Senate Bill 54 and House Bill 4100.

A sample resolution is available here

Please send a signed and dated copy of the passed resolution to MHPN at

Thanks for your passion, hard work and continuing support!

Michigan State Senate lookup 

Michigan House of Representatives lookup

Michigan lawmakers revive push of historic tax credit, Candice Williams (The Detroit News, April 22, 2019)

Local Resolutions Supporting HB 4100 & SB 54

City of Bay City, April 17, 2019

City of Benton Harbor_February 19, 2019

City of Detroit Historic District Commission, March 13, 2019

City of East Lansing_February 12, 2019

Highland Park Historic District Commission, March 4, 2010

City of Huntington Woods, March 5, 2019

City of Jonesville, March 20, 2019

City of Lathrup Village, march 18, 2109

City of Mackinac Island, March 13, 2019

City of Monroe, April 15, 2019

City of  New Baltimore_February 11, 2019

Charter Township of Oakland Historic District Commission, March 11, 2019

Pittsfield Charter Township, February 27, 2019

City of Saginaw, March 18, 2019

City of Saline & Saline Historic District Commission, April 16, 2019

City of Sault Ste. Marie, March 4, 2019

City of Southfield, March 4, 2019

City of Ypsilanti Historic District Commission, March 26, 2019

Village of Leonard_February 11, 2019

Village of Oxford_February 12, 2019

December 28, 2018

Dear Supporters of the Michigan State Historic Tax Credit Reinstatement:

Michigan Historic Preservation Network and MI Impact Coalition wish you a wonderful New Year! We are looking forward to reinstating the Michigan State Historic Tax Credit in 2019 with the support of Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer.

This was a question from MLive to Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, and her answer : 

Are you considering more programs specifically, or would you use the tools that are in place right now?

I think using the tools that are in place. But when the governor came in, he got rid of the historic building credits. He didn’t embrace the brownfield redevelopment credits. … They serve an important public purpose, putting unusable property back into use, or keeping a historic building in a lot of our downtowns that need revitalization, making that a priority. Those are two obvious examples, in my mind, of ways that the public benefits from some of this economic development policy.

We also wanted to share this John Gallagher article in yesterday’s Free Press:

Michigan Lame Duck Failed State on Historic Tax Credit

We anticipate working with you all in early 2019 as the historic tax credit bills are re-introduced and passed.

Please Save the Date for the Michigan Historic Preservation Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 in Lansing. We will need you to be in Lansing to visit and educate your Legislators about the value of the credits to your community.

Thanks for your passion, hard work  and support!




Save Our Historic Tax Credit, filmed May 17, 2018, at the Proactive Preservation Conference, East Lansing, Michigan

Tell your City Council and mayor to pass a resolution in support of the tax credit!

Communities all over Michigan have passed resolutions supporting the tax credit, but we still need more to show the vast statewide support for this legislation.

You can help us by asking your local leaders to pass a city resolution in support of the historic preservation tax credit. It’s also easy! Either download a sample resolution from or include this link in your e-mail to your local representatives!

The more we show our state senators and representatives that the communities they represent want this legislation, the more likely we get approved!

Follow us on social media

If you haven’t already, follow us on social media and please share our posts with your friends and followers. We need to show lawmakers that there is widespread support for bringing back this invaluable development and preservation tool! You can find us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @MIImpact2018 and on Instagram at @MIImpact. We have also launched a website,, where we will be hosting documents and information that you are invited to read and share.

Help us spread the word about this legislation by sharing your photos and stories of buildings that have been saved thanks to the historic tax credit or could be saved if it was revived. Send your photos and stories to

Coalition Kick-off Materials
Support the effort – complete the MI Impact Coalition Commitment Form Today! 

Tax Credit Background Information (pdf)
Sample Letter to Legislators (word)
Sample Resolution  UPDATED 1-31-2019!

Press Releases

MI Impact Coalition_11.13.2017

Community Resolutions 2018 Effort

City of Adrian_11.20.2017
City of Allegan  2.12.2018
City of Ann Arbor 4.19.2018

City of Battle Creek_4.17.2018
Big Rapids resolution & letter 4.30.2018
Buchanan Preservation Society_11.12.2017
City of Buchanan_8.14.2017

Village of Calumet  4.17.2018
City of Charlevoix_10.3.2017
City of Coldwater 6.09.2018

City of Detroit_7.18.2017
City of Detroit Historic District Commission 4.11.2018

City of East Lansing 4.26.2018

City of Hart  4.24.2018
Holland resolution 4.27.2018
Holland letter 9.5.2017
City of Huntington Woods_11.22.2017

City of Jackson City Council 4.10.2018

City of Kalamazoo 1.2.2018

Preservation Lansing 5.17.2018 
Village of Leonard_12.11.2017

MotorCities Heritage Area 4.2.2018

Oakland County 4.19.2018
Oakland Township 5.16.2018

City of Petoskey 5.7.2018
Pittsfield Township 6.13.2018
City of Pontiac 6.29.2018

City of Saline City Council and HDC 4.17.2018

City of Traverse City 4.17.2018

City of Ypsilanti HDC resolution and cover letter 1.9.2018

Washtenaw County 6.6.2018

June 23, 2017

Michigan Historic Preservation Network Backs Tax Credit Legislation

            LANSING – The Michigan Historic Preservation Network has announced its support of a Michigan Senate bill that will revive the state’s historic preservation tax credit. The bill, SB 469, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) [co-sponsored by Senators Horn, Zorn, O’Brien, and Hertel] would effectively reinstate the tax credit program Michigan had in place from 1999 until 2011.

            The bill offers a tax credit of up to 25 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenses for contributing commercial and residential properties located within a local historic district. As it did previously it offers a supplemental five percent credit to the 20 percent federal historic preservation credit for income producing properties, and is the only credit available for owner-occupied historic homes.

            “From Mackinac Island to the district surrounding Detroit’s Fox Theatre, historic preservation projects have helped make Michigan places more attractive, more economically viable and more emotionally engaging with both residents and visitors,” says Nancy Finegood, executive director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. “From 1999 until 2011, many of those success stories were made possible by the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit.”

            “Making a historic building compliant with contemporary codes is often more costly than new construction. So for far too long, the only ‘incentives’ to encourage preservation were aesthetic and historic. This program offers a tangible economic incentive, as well … one that was used very successfully for more than a decade.”

             Over its 11-year life, the program leveraged $71 million in credits to generate more than $1.46 billion in investment in Michigan rehabilitation projects. It also leveraged an additional $219 million in federal tax credits, and led to the creation of 36,000 jobs.

            Among the projects the credit helped enable were the Nisbett Building in Big Rapids, the Mutual Building in Lansing, the Book Cadillac Hotel and Vernor Apartments in Detroit, the Temple Theatre in Saginaw and the Durant Apartments in Flint.

Finegood says MHPN, a statewide preservation advocacy group, strongly supports Senator Schmidt’s bill. “This will once again help make the historic properties that give our communities their unique character and sense of place economically viable.”

Draft SB 469

Draft Resolution Template for Michigan Entities to Express their Support of SB 469

Information Sheet_8.15.2017

Action Alert sent 7.17.2017

Press Release_6.23.2017

Email Blast_6.23.2017

Want to reach out to your Michigan State Senator?   Check out the Find Your Senator Page. 


Could Michigan See a New Historic Preservation Tax Credit? (Please?) Michigan Future blog, August 2, 2017