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Brownfield Redevelopment

Envirologic is a recognized leader in brownfield redevelopment, the process of cleaning up and reinvesting in brownfield (contaminated or perceived to be contaminated) properties. Any development project can be a daunting effort on its own, but when brownfield challenges are added into the mix, projects can quickly become complicated and costly. Many people associate brownfield sites with environmentally contaminated property. While that is one definition, in Michigan the term “brownfield” also encompasses properties that are blighted, functionally obsolete, or a historic resource. The property also may be adjacent and contiguous to a contaminated site, tax reverted property, targeted redevelopment area, or transit-oriented property or development. It is essential to understand all the definitions of a brownfield site due to the many funding strategies and incentives available to support projects that qualify. Although these sites have obstacles, they can be redeveloped to increase investment, jobs, and revenue within the community. Brownfield redevelopment also increases the value of surrounding property and can serve as a catalyst for other development efforts while supporting environmental justice initiatives in the community.

As a full-service environmental consulting and services firm, Envirologic can provide clients with the support services applicable to unique redevelopment projects such as due diligence, vapor intrusion, ecological services, and others. By providing these services completely in-house, we can more effectively support our clients’ project timelines and end goals.

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Our team of geoscientists, biologists, engineers, and analysts has proven expertise in providing municipalities, property owners, and private developers with the leadership, scientific insight, and funding tools needed to get a redevelopment project to completion. Typical building projects rely on traditional lender financing to pay for the “brick and mortar,” but costs associated with brownfield conditions often present a financial gap on a project’s pro forma. Envirologic has established itself as a trusted partner in leveraging incentives and resources to address these brownfield financial gaps and make these sites competitive.

Brownfield sites have multiple challenges, which may include:

  • Apparent/obvious disinvestment
  • Known or perceived environmental contamination
  • Lead and asbestos concerns
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Need for total or partial demolition
  • Fragmented ownership
  • Lack of infrastructure
  • Junk/debris
  • Waste piles
 
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Examples of Brownfields

Brownfields are often vacant, abandoned, or underused sites including:

  • Landfills and dump sites
  • Mine-scarred lands
  • Industrial sites
  • Commercial facilities
  • Publicly owned/government buildings and land
  • Vacant schools
  • Former health care facilities
  • Abandoned and vacant buildings
  • Dry-cleaning facilities
  • Gas stations and auto repair centers
  • Railroad yards
  • Vacant land
  • Distressed housing
  • “Main Street” buildings

Resources

Envirologic provides these resources for additional Brownfield Redevelopment Authority information.