WHAT IS A BROWNFIELD?
A brownfield is a property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by environmental contaminants. Lack of information may contribute to the stigma of a brownfield site. Example properties include abandoned gas stations, underused industrial or commercial properties, buildings where lead‑based paint or asbestos are concerns, meth-impacted buildings, and for vehicle/equipment maintenance facilities. If left alone, a brownfield can pose numerous challenges for investment, can limit the potential of a neighborhood, and can be a threat to safety and health.
HOW DOES THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WORK?
The GFDA Brownfields Program, through grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides assistance to promote sale, cleanup, and reuse of brownfields. GFDA offers assistance through the following resources:
GFDA’s Cleanup RLF provides funds for cleanup planning and implementation of site cleanup (excavation, etc.)
- Program is voluntary (i.e. non-regulatory)
- Assessments are completed by a contractor hired by GFDA, potential for no cost to the property owner.
- The information obtained can then be used to apply for cleanup funding, satisfy purchaser concerns, or simply to determine whether or not environmental contamination exists on a property.
- The Brownfields RLF can offer favorable terms for cleanup financing.
For more information about the Brownfields Program and how to apply, please reach out to Lillian Sunwall at (406) 750-1253.