Brownfield 2018 Funding Deadline Approaches: Get your applications ready!

September 27, 2017

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Occasionally, developers and municipalities are presented with high potential properties that have seemingly impossible redevelopment challenges to overcome.  When a property has been impacted by environmental hazards, the cost to effectively manage those liabilities can be daunting.  That’s where Brownfields funding can make an impact in turning these challenged sites into thriving community assets.  Brownfields is a federal grant program coordinated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), where, applicants can apply for grant or loan monies for hazardous substances and/or petroleum assessment or cleanup funding. 

The Deadline for 2018 Brownfields Funding is November 16, 2017

 

Here are some quick tips on where you can get started.

 

Evaluate your property potential:

A few key questions to consider:

    • Has the property been impacted by hazardous waste or petroleum constituents?
    • Would development plans result in a benefit for the community?

Brownfields grants are awarded to applicants with a need to conduct projects on blighted properties with a redevelopment vision that benefits the community from region to town to neighborhood.  Such community benefits may include open green space, job creation through commercial development, residential housing, etc.  For instance, a New Hampshire-based developer client of GeoInsight (with substantial input from various Town boards and committees) developed a plan for a 40-acre parcel in Canton, Massachusetts that features 270 residential condominium “flats,” 4,000 square feet of commercial space, preservation and restoration of the Paul Revere Barn and Rolling Mill, and creation of the Paul Revere Heritage Park, with the latter two features transferred to the Town of Canton, Massachusetts (the Town).  The parcel will generate an estimated $1.4 million annually with $900,000 payable to the Town in tax revenues at the former abandoned industrial mill complex that includes a long history with metal/copper works and rubber manufacturing from the 1800s (view full case study).


Visit the USEPA Brownfields site:

The USEPA does a fantastic job at outlining all the current funding mechanisms.  View EPA Brownfields site.  


Attend your regional USEPA information session:


The USEPA holds information sessions throughout New England. Sign up for New England Information Sessions

 

    • New Hampshire | Thursday, September 28 
      NH Department of Environmental Services
      29 Hazen Drive
      Concord, NH 03301
    • Rhode Island | Thursday, September 28
      RI Department of Environmental Management
      235 Promenade Street
      Providence, RI  02908
    • Massachusetts | Tuesday, October 3
      EPA – New England Headquarters
      5 Post Office Square - Suite 100
      15th Floor – Court of Appeals
      Boston, MA 02109-3912
    • Connecticut | Wednesday, October 4
      Goodwin College Business & Manufacturing Center
      1 Pent Road (Access is by Route 2 - Exit 5A)
      East Hartford, CT 06118
    • Vermont | Thursday, October 5
      VT Department of Environmental Conservation
      1 National Life Drive
      Calvin Coolidge Room
      Montpelier, VT 05604
    • Attend USEPA Webinar | October 5 at 1:30PM – This webinar will help applicants understanding the guidelines.  Join the webinar here and /or via conference call (dial-in number: 1-866-299-3188/ access code: 202-566-1817).
    • Maine | Friday, October 6
      Greater Portland Council of Governments
      970 Baxter Boulevard
      Suite 201 (2nd Floor)
      Portland, ME 04103

 

Navigating the application process can be tricky, even with all this great information.  If you need additional help preparing your proposal, or even understanding if your site qualifies, please give GeoInsight a call at (800) 217-1953 or email info@geoinc.com.  

Our expert team is well versed in seeing these complicated projects from conception to completion.  We develop creative and practical solutions to achieve compliance with environmental regulations, and manage environmental issues and the associated risk in a way that is consistent with the property’s proposed end use.  Our team is experienced in working with the USEPA’s requirements surrounding American Society for Testing and Materials Phase I All Appropriate Inquiry Environmental Site Assessments, National Historic Preservation Act research, and presenting at community forums on behalf of our clients. View GeoInsight's Brownfields services here.