Rede­vel­op­ment Commission

Rede­vel­op­ment Commission

Com­mon Responsibilities

The Mar­i­on Rede­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing plans and man­ag­ing tools used to address con­di­tions of blight (rede­vel­op­ment areas) and under­uti­lized land of eco­nom­ic sig­nif­i­cance (eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment areas). The work of the Rede­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion typ­i­cal­ly involves iden­ti­fy­ing blight­ed areas, des­ig­nat­ing rede­vel­op­ment areas, devel­op­ing plans to elim­i­nate blight and work­ing in part­ner­ship with pri­vate devel­op­ers to gen­er­ate new eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment with increased tax base and new jobs.

The pri­ma­ry mis­sion of the Rede­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is to address issues asso­ci­at­ed with blight by cre­at­ing rede­vel­op­ment areas, and to remove bar­ri­ers to eco­nom­ic growth (in eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment areas). In order to accom­plish these mis­sions, the Rede­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion may: 

  • Pur­chase land and property;
  • Hold, sell, or lease property;
  • Clear prop­er­ty for rede­vel­op­ment purposes;
  • Repair, main­tain, and make major struc­tur­al improve­ment to prop­er­ty for rede­vel­op­ment purposes;
  • Sur­vey and exam­ine land to be acquired for rede­vel­op­ment purposes;
  • Appoint an exec­u­tive direc­tor and oth­er staff;
  • Accept loans, grants, and oth­er finan­cial assis­tance from Fed­er­al and State gov­ern­ment and oth­er sources. 


Steve Smith­ley – President 

Ed Mer­chant – Vice President 

Julie Flo­res — Treasurer

Deb Cain — Secretary

Karen Madry

Robyn Fouce — Com­mon Coun­cil Appointee

Todd Nichol­son — School Board Appointee

Herb Spitzer – Attorney


As need­ed

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