Funded by the EPA and managed by the Downtown Development Authority, the City’s Brownfields Program is aimed at identifying, assessing and remediating brownfield sites to return them to productive states. This page provides an overview of current and recently completed brownfield programs managed by the DDA.
What is a brownfield?
The federal government defines a brownfield as real property whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Environmental Assessments Program
Under this voluntary assistance program, the DDA will provide no-cost Phase I and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for select brownfield properties. Eligible properties are those that will be redeveloped in the near-term and will serve as catalysts for other redevelopment projects in the vicinity. Potential sites are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The program was made available through a $300,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment grant in 2017. Please contact Luke Howe at Luke.email@example.com or 770-451-8745 for more information.Revolving Loan Fund Program
In 2015, the City was awarded an $820,000 EPA Revolving Loan Fund Grant to provide low-interest loans and subgrants as a means to incentivize redevelopment. The DDA administers the program on behalf of the City. Eligible loan applicants include any private sector entity who is exempt from CERCLA liability. In other words, any private-sector entity who is not responsible for the subject property's contamination. Grants can only be issued to non-profits.
Ineligible borrowers include property owners when the property meets the following conditions:
- The property is listed, or proposed for listing, on the National Priorities List.
- Properties at which a removal action must be taken within six months (i.e., time critical removal action).
- Where a Federal or state agency is planning or conducting a response or enforcement action.
Eligible project costs include:
- Actions associated with removing, mitigating, or preventing the release or threat of a release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant (as appropriate to different site situations).
- Site monitoring activities, including sampling and analysis that are reasonable and necessary during the cleanup process, including determination of the effectiveness of a cleanup.
- Costs associated with meeting public participation, worker health and safety, and inter-agency coordination requirements.
- Costs associated with removal activities, including demolition and/or site preparation that are part of site cleanup.
- Environmental insurance premiums.