What is a Brownfield?
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
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.
Contact Michael King, director of the Office of Planning, with questions about the city's brownfields and brownfield programs by calling 502-574-0032 or emailing him.