An abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial property, the reuse or redevelopment of which is complicated by real or perceived contamination. Brownfield sites have received US EPA funding for redevelopment.
If the council was serious in protecting green spaces for future generations then it would undoubtedly have encouraged developers to submit plans on brownfield sites and done everything in its power to ensure that those brownfield sites were developed as a priority.
Caption: Funding to redevelop the longderelict Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit--a project that began last year--includes $5.2 million in brownfield environmental cleanup, reimbursable to the development company over a period of years.
"From social cohesion to healthy housing to community service access, brownfield redevelopment provides an amazing opportunity to shape a wide range of factors that influence public health," said James Kelly, MS, environmental surveillance and assessment manager for the Minnesota Department of Health, in a news release.
"The Brownfield Incentive Grant is the first in a series of new programs for brownfields, and each will help land owners and developers cleanup contaminated properties and bring them back into productive use."