Reclaiming Contaminated Property
In 2013, the Economic Development Authority of the City of Green Bay was the recipient of two brownfield grants totaling $400,000 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 create an inventory of commercial and industrial brownfield sites and conduct initial environmental assessments. Revitalizing brownfield sites provides many benefits to the City, including blight elimination and increased property values. One recent example of reclaiming a brownfield site in Green Bay was the successful transformation of the former Port Plaza Mall/Days Inn into the new world headquarters for Schreiber Foods, a 5-acre, $50 million project in the heart of downtown Green Bay. Another was the CityDeck, an award-winning urban esplanade that has helped draw reinvestment to the City’s formerly moribund riverfront. Other projects that have been assisted by EPA funds include CityDeck Landing and Metreau, two proposed luxury apartment towers as well as the recently opened Titletown Taproom and Cannery Market and the proposed Schauer & Schmacher redevelopment. These projects represent approximately $80 million of new investment in the heart of the City.
The following link will guide you on a tour of each of the sites that have been assessed using our EPA assessment grant: http://arcg.is/1MQUoOE
Submit site nominations
The Economic Development Authority is seeking potential brownfield 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.
- To learn more details about specific sites visit here.
- 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.
- A property an economic development agency is interested in acquiring for future use or redevelopment but is short of funding to perform the necessary environmental due diligence activities.
A property an economic development agency acquired that was partially investigated but would benefit from additional assessment that would complete the definition of the nature and extent of contamination, enable environmental cleanup cost to be estimated, and remove uncertainty that may be hampering development.