Brownfield Site Nominations
Reclaiming Contaminated Property
The Community Development Authority of the City of Neenah was the recipient of two brownfield grants from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s Brownfields Program works to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields. 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 Community 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. The most recent example of reclaiming a brownfield site in Neenah was the successful remediation of the former Glatfelter Mill site. The remediation resulted in the transformation of a 16 acre site blighted industrial site to an area boasting $23 million in new business development as well as a new waterfront park.
Submit site nominations
The Community 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.
- 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.