Brownfields

Triangle J Regional Brownfields Consortium


About the Consortium

Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Brownfields are often assumed to be blighted, abandoned properties, however they can also be underutilized commercial buildings with little or no contamination such as former service stations or warehouses.

The Triangle J Regional Brownfields Consortium assists municipalities to better leverage brownfields redevelopment as an economic development and revitalization tool for their communities. The consortium will engage a collaborative task force of municipal representatives to increase education and communication about brownfields for developers, elected officials, and the public; provide grant application assistance and administration for additional brownfields funding; and training opportunities for consortium members on the role of government and government mechanisms in the redevelopment process.  

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 will focus on Pre-Development and aims to: 

  • Help consortium members identify potential sites,  
  • Promote pre-development strategies to help prepare sites for development,
  • Pull site and community-relevant data to support decision-making 
  • Increase awareness and understanding of brownfields projects and their benefits, 
  • Provide transformative redevelopment tools to help fortify the assessment to development process, and 
  • Make better connections between developers and local governments.  

Consortium Successes

  • Submitted an EPA Brownfields Coalition Grant Application on behalf of three consortium communities;
  • Presented to Town Councils on brownfields redevelopment and benefits, including federal and state funding opportunities;
  • Created a “How to Talk about Brownfields” one-pager for property owner engagement;
  • Created a database of confirmed and potential brownfields sites in consortium communities, targeted at downtown districts and priority areas for local governments, and sites competitive by federal/state funding standards; and 
  • Provided two no-cost trainings on development for consortium member communities – Small Scale Development Workshop and Infill Development Workshop.

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more about the Consortium's  2020-2021 Work Plan.