Reclaiming Contaminated Property
The Economic Development Authority of the City of Green Bay is the recipient of two brownfield assessment grants totaling $300,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s Brownfields Program works to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. The EPA defines brownfields as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
The Economic Development Authority will use these grants to conduct environmental assessments on brownfield sites that are being considered for redevelopment, or for any brownfield site that is a potential threat to public welfare or the environment. Revitalizing brownfield sites provides many benefits to the City, including blight elimination and increased property values. To date, many successful brownfield redevelopment projects been realized in Green Bay with the assistance of EPA assessment grants. These projects have collectively created over 700 jobs and leveraged over $120M in private investment. One of the City’s most compelling examples is the redevelopment of the former Washington Commons Mall into the international headquarters for Schreiber Foods. This site was assessed using $148,805 in EPA funds followed by $2.3M in TID funding to clear and prepare the site for redevelopment. In the fall of 2014, Schreiber Foods completed the construction of an $85M, 260,000-square foot building on the site which is now home to over 600 employees.
The following link will guide you on a tour of brownfield sites that have been assessed using the City’s EPA assessment grant: http://arcg.is/1MQUoOE
Submit Site Nominations
The Economic Development Authority will consider providing financial assistance for brownfield assessments on sites that meet the following criteria:
- The site has been or is of current or recent interest to a developer, for which the availability of funding for environmental assessment costs would enhance the likelihood of redevelopment on the site.
- Abandoned sites that are a significant blighting influence, a potential threat to public welfare or the environment.
- There is real or perceived contamination on vacant, abandoned, or underutilized property.
- If contamination is known to be present, the funding cannot be used to relieve the responsible party of the costs for investigating something for which they have a legal obligation.
- Preference will be given to brownfield properties within the target areas of the Velp Avenue, Broadway and the University Avenue corridors.