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  • Writer's pictureRaphael Collazo

What is a Brownfield in Real Estate?

A brownfield in real estate refers to a property that is contaminated or potentially contaminated with hazardous substances or pollutants. Brownfields can be found in a variety of settings, including industrial sites, abandoned buildings, and former gas stations, and they can pose a risk to public health and the environment if not properly cleaned up and remediated.

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Brownfields Program that provides grants and technical assistance to communities and developers to assess, clean up, and reuse contaminated properties. The goal of the Brownfields Program is to encourage the redevelopment of these properties in a way that is protective of public health and the environment, and that also helps to revitalize and enhance the value of the surrounding community.

Developing a brownfield can be a complex and costly process, as it typically involves identifying and addressing any environmental hazards on the property, as well as obtaining necessary approvals and permits. However, it can also be a rewarding opportunity to transform an underutilized or contaminated property into a valuable asset for the community.

I've worked with developers and investors to help them navigate the process of entering the Brownfields Program. If you're a commercial developer and/or investor interested in opportunities in Louisville, KY, or its surrounding areas, I'd be happy to help you navigate the process! Feel free to call/text me at (502) 536-7315 or email me at

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