What are Brownfields?

What is a Brownfield?

A “Brownfield site” is defined by the USEPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

Typical brownfield sites include whether vacant or occupied, former landfills, gas stations, industrial warehouses, railroads, dry cleaners, even some commercial buildings, among others.

Why Redevelop Brownfields?

Brownfield sites are potentially contaminated areas and exist in many communities, wasting valuable space and hindering economic productivity. These sites are often located in prime locations like in downtown districts, community gateways, waterfront properties, and/or in existing neighborhoods and usually have access to adequate infrastructure, transportation, and other services.

When a community has the opportunity to redevelop Brownfield sites, it is tremendously beneficial in terms of outcomes, resulting in a positive reuse of an exisiting structure or land, job growth, an enhanced community image, increased property value, improvement in the tax base and benefits and, most importantly, a cleaner and healthier environment.

Read more about the Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment.


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