A brownfield is defined as abandoned, idled or under-used real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination.
Contamination is defined as waste or products that are improperly handled. Contamination can be found in:
The mission of the EPA’s Brownfield Program is to empower States, communities and other stakeholders that are engaged in Economic Development to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up and reuse brownfield sites. The program awards up to $200,000 for brownfield assessment activities, up to $1,000,000 per eligible entity for a Revolving Loan Fund, and up to $400,000 for clean up.
The City of Concord's Brownfield Program has identified the following goals:
Identification and characterization of all private properties with environmental issues
Prioritize sites based on clearly defined objectives and ranking criteria
Identify strategies for providing liability protection to aid in redevelopment
Create a community involvement forum
Frequently asked questions
What does the process entail?
The process can be broken down into phases:
1. Phase 1 (Environmental Site Assessment)
Develop a site history through site inspection, interviews, and database search
2. Phase 2 (Environmental Site Assessment)
Collect samples of soil and groundwater based on information from Phase
3. Redevelopment Planning
Evaluate soil and groundwater data and determine what to do based on site end use
How long will the process take?
About 60-90 days.
What are the benefits of participating in this program?
Benefits for both the property owner and the community include:
Increased marketability of the property
A clean site
Redevelopment of under-utilized property
Reduced site development costs due to use of exiting infrastructure
Creation of new jobs
Increased tax base for the community
Improved quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods
Federal and state redevelopment incentives (tax credits)
Additional Brownfield Resources: click here
For more information on the Brownfield Program, contact:
LeDerick Blackburn, Community Development Manager
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