Brownfield Redevelopment

30th Street Brownfields April Meeting

What is a Brownfield?

A brownfield is vacant or underutilized land due to potential or actual pollution or contamination. Brownfields come in all shapes and sizes. Common examples include abandoned manufacturing facilities, gas stations, and dry cleaners. To redevelop a brownfield, a remediation process often needs to take place. Remediation is the process of cleaning up or capping a property guided by federal rules. The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is the federal agency who oversees brownfield remediation. 

Remediating brownfields has several benefits for the community:

  • Reduces community exposure to pollutants

  • Adds new assets like housing, parks, and jobs 

  • Encourages redevelopment near existing infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, etc.), which can save greenspaces

The Department of Economic Development administers two brownfields programs. Funding for these programs comes from grants awarded by the EPA: 

  1. The Brownfield Assessment Program

  2. The Brownfield Cleanup Loan Program

These programs provide technical and financial help to assess and remediate brownfield sites.  

Louisville Metro-Owned Brownfield Projects

The Louisville Metro-Government has several brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects underway, and recently completed:

Brownfields Planning

The Louisville Metro Planning Department commissioned several long-range studies to proactively envision the future of brownfield and industrial sites. 

Contact Sara Ellis, Brownfields Project Manager, at 502-574-1569 or email for more information. 

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