The challenges of reusing brownfield properties are many and varied. U.S. EPA estimates that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Since 1994, EPA Region 1 has invested more than $74 million in support of the state Brownfields program and on the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields in Connecticut. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth (more than 3,600 jobs leveraged in Connecticut from this investment), utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment*. Brownfields stakeholders can receive guidance and incentives to continue to support economic revitalization and address the brownfields within communities.
EPA and state cleanup agencies recognize the unique services that a Land Bank can provide to municipalities in supporting a brownfields project through cleanup and to successful redevelopment. The Land Bank supports the Prepared Workbook which follows the risk management framework and is designed to guide municipalities through the critical tasks in the evaluation of potential brownfield reuse projects.
Let’s Get Started with a Scoping Meeting
The Land Bank offers all municipalities interested in learning more or presenting a site for support to participate in an initial scoping meeting. This scoping meeting is no charge to municipalities and offers a chance to discuss specific sites or concerns.
If you are interested in a scoping meeting with Land Bank staff, please be prepared with the following: