Brownfield Redevelopment

EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

Louisville was awarded an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant in early 2020. This grant provides $300,000 over 3 years for brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach. This grant will be focused on the 30th Street Corridor in the Russell neighborhood but funds can be used throughout the city. Activities will include community engagement with partners Russell Neighborhood Association, OneWest, West Jefferson County Community Task Force, and Russell: Place of Promise, Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, remediation cost estimates, and risk management plans.  Partners will help with outreach to residents and stakeholders in order to get input on brownfields priorities in the area and share progress with the community.  

A Bid Solicitation for an Environment Consultant to perform the assessments and other grant-related work was issued, and bids received. A consultant will be selected in accordance with Louisville Metro Government procurement policies. 


EPA Brownfields Website

EPA FY2020 Brownfields Assessment Grant Guidelines


The grant will begin Oct. 1, 2020. For more information, contact: 

Allison Smith - Brownfields Program Manager

Call her at 502-574-1569 or email her here.


Please submit your email at the below to receive notifications about grant activities and opportunities to participate.

A brownfield is a vacant or underutilized site where the threat of contamination has made redevelopment more complex. Brownfields come in all shapes and sizes. Common examples include abandoned manufacturing facilities, gas stations, and dry cleaners.

Bringing brownfields back into active use benefits the community by reducing blight and vacancy, creating jobs and amenities, and reducing hazards to human health and the environment. Furthermore, brownfield redevelopment can limit sprawl and take development pressures off greenspace and agricultural land.


Louisville Metro-Owned Brownfield Projects

Heritage West


Urban Government Center

Louisville Environmental and Property Search

The LEAPS system was developed to help developers, citizens and other interested parties access information about:

  • Publicly reported environmental data related to properties across Louisville Metro
  • ​Properties owned or controlled by Louisville Metro Government, including those available for purchase and redevelopment
  • Access LEAPS here

If you are interested in a particular property, click on that property within the map for more information on how to contact the relevant Metro agency. Data on Metro-owned available properties is updated on a monthly basis; environmental property data is updated approximately once every six months.

For more information, please contact us or call 502-574-1569. 

Brownfield Cleanup Loan Program

The Brownfield Cleanup Loan Program (BCLP) offers below-market rate loans to brownfield property owners and prospective purchasers with the objective to assist in the cleanup of brownfield properties to return them to productive use.

BCLP provides financing only for the environmental cleanup portion of the total costs of a real estate redevelopment project on a brownfield site. To learn about available assistance with environmental assessments please see information on our Brownfield Assessment Program.

The program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and participation requires property eligibility, public participation, and compliance with Federal rules and regulations. Applicants for this program must be deemed eligible for funding by staff prior to submitting a loan application.

If interested in applying, please see the links below for the loan application and additional information.

METCO Policy
Eligibility Checklist and Application
METCO Loan Application
Programmatic Requirements