Q: What is “brownfields”?
A: Brownfields sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination.
Q: What is a brownfields area?
A: means a contiguous area of one or more brownfield sites, some of which may not be contaminated, and which has been designated by a local government by resolution.
There are many benefits to having a brownfields program in the community.
Businesses in designated areas become eligible for financial incentives, including job creation bonus refund of up to $2,500 per job, 50% loan guarantee, and sales tax exemption on building materials.
Businesses in designated areas are also eligible for liability protection, voluntary cleanup corporate income tax credits, and technical assistance.
Most importantly, a brownfields program provide a mechanism to assess underutilized lands, and if necessary, to remediate those lands in order to return the property to a productive use.