GFDA Brownfields


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.

Missouri River Courthouse on a former malting site

Local stakeholders, along with our partners with MT DEQ, and Kansas State University participated in a visioning process, to solicit ideas and comments on the 2nd Ave North Corridor associated with the Miracle Mile site brownfields cleanup. Participants answered poll questions and sharing thoughts on how to improve the area. This video recording is the culmination of that visioning process.


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 Assessment Grant can perform environmental due diligence (Phase I and II), and assist with cleanup planning.

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.