City of Atlanta Brownfield Program
The City of Atlanta’s Brownfield Program started in 1996 when it received its first brownfield grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since then, then City has managed several programs and initiatives aimed at identifying, assessing and remediating brownfield sites throughout the city. This page provides an overview of current and recently completed brownfields programs managed by the City of Atlanta.
What is a brownfield?
A brownfield is a real property whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Examples include former industrial sites, gas stations, dry cleaning establishments, and other industrial uses. Atlantic Station and the Beltline are two examples of successful brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects in the City.
Current Brownfield Initiatives:
• Brownfields Assessment Program (2013 - 2016)
• Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Program
Past Brownfield Initiatives
• Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (2010 - 2013)
• Brownfields Assessment Programs (2004 - 2007)
• Brownfields Assessment Programs (2010 - 2013)
To learn more about brownfields in general, please see the following resources:
• Georgia Brownfields Association
• EPA Brownfield Page
• Georgia Environmental Protection Division Brownfields Program
• American Planning Association
Brownfields Assessment Program (2013 - 2016)
The purpose of this program is to support the long-term redevelopment of brownfield properties throughout the city in a way that aligns with and promotes the City’s strategic redevelopment efforts. The program will focus on 13 priority areas throughout the City; these areas have been identified through previous brownfields programs, economic development plans, and strategic planning efforts.
Under this voluntary assistance program, the City of Atlanta will provide no-cost Phase I and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for select brownfield properties. Eligible properties are those that will be redeveloped in the near-term and will serve as catalysts for other redevelopment efforts in priority areas of the city. These sites will be identified for assessment through a strategic community engagement effort by the City and its consultant team.
This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program will end on September 30, 2016.
Geographical Priority Areas
The priority areas under this program are listed below, by category where applicable. For additional information on the priority areas, including maps, please click here.
1. Proctor Creek Watershed
2. Opportunity Zones
3. Project Greenspace Sites (Redevelopment Corridors)
4. Donald Lee Hollowell
5. Joseph E. Boone Boulevard (previously Simpson Road Corridor)
6. Jonesboro Road Corridor
7. Campbellton Road Corridor
8. Memorial Drive Corridor (Area-Wide Planning Catalyst Sites)
9. Murphy Triangle
10. Green Enterprise District
11. Metropolitan Yards
12. Crossroads Center
13. Fort McPherson Gateway
Nominate a site
Candidate sites are those that are considered brownfields, are located in priority areas of the City, will be redeveloped in the near-term, and will serve as catalysts for other redevelopment efforts. Candidate sides can be publicly or privately-owned.
To nominate a site for this program, please submit an application form using the link below. If selected, the property owner will also need to complete a site access form, included in the list below.
Nomination Form: PDF or Online Version:
Site Access Agreement
Site nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis. The rolling nomination deadlines for this program are listed below.
July 31, 2015
September 30, 2015
December 31, 2015
February 29, 2016
May 31, 2016
Community workshops and will be listed here once scheduled.
Community Outreach Events:
Atlanta Planning Advisory Board - June 20, 2015
Brownfields Stakeholder Advisory Committee - June 23, 2015
NPU Meeting Presentations - July and August 2015
Steering Committee for Proctor Creek - July 30, 2015
Proctor Creek Stewardship Council - August 7, 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
To see answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.
City of Atlanta / Invest Atlanta Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Program
The City of Atlanta / Invest Atlanta Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (BRLF) provides brownfield cleanup financing for eligible projects within the Atlanta city limits. The loans provided by the BCRLF fund the remediation required for site cleanup, which then allow redevelopment projects to go forward.
Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Loans will be made based on the availability of funds to property owners in the City of Atlanta, if:
1. The applicant can demonstrate credit worthiness based upon the financing policies of City of Atlanta BRLF Plan,
2. The project remains consistent with the City’s Economic Development Plan which may vary by location,
3. The loan will meet BRLF program goals, and
4. Applicants that are willing to participate in the Georgia Brownfields Program.
Eligible applicants are:
1. Private sector, for-profit developers,
2. Non-profit organizations,
3. Local governments,
4. A Borrower who is exempt from CERCLA liability, and
5. A Borrower who has and can assign access in writing to a site.
Ineligible borrowers include property owners when the property meets the following conditions:
1. The property is listed, or proposed for listing, on the National Priorities List,
2. Properties at which a removal action must be taken within six months (i.e., time critical removal action),
3. Where a Federal or state agency is planning or conducting a response or enforcement action, and
4. Contaminated by petroleum products except to address a non-petroleum hazardous substance (e.g., co-mingled waste).
Eligible project costs include:
1. Actions associated with removing, mitigating, or preventing the release or threat of a release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant (as appropriate to different site situations),
2. Site monitoring activities, including sampling and analysis that are reasonable and necessary during the cleanup process, including determination of the effectiveness of a cleanup,
3. Costs associated with meeting public participation, worker health and safety, and interagency coordination requirements,
4. Costs associated with removal activities, including demolition and/or site preparation that are part of site cleanup, and
5.Environmental insurance premiums.
More Information is available in the Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Policies and Procedures Manual
For additional Information contact:
133 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (2010 - 2013)
From October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2013, the City of Atlanta administered an EPA-funded program known as the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program. The purpose of this program was to help further community based partnership effort within underserved or economically disadvantaged neighborhoods by confronting local environmental and public health challenges related to brownfields, while creating a planning framework to advance economic development and job creation.
The Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (AWP) created a planning framework to advance economic development and job creation through the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of brownfields in the project area located in Southwest Atlanta by developing strategies to support the area’s existing and potential commercial, industrial, residential, and greenspace opportunities. The plan’s brownfield reuse recommendations identify and prioritize five geographic redevelopment nodes: 1) Murphy Triangle 2) Green Enterprise District 3) Metropolitan Yards 4) Crossroads Center and 5) Fort McPherson Gateway. Each node has a distinct implementation strategy that leverages the cleanup and redevelopment of priority brownfield sites to overcome site-specific and area-wide barriers to redevelopment. To address barriers that extend beyond individual sites and nodes, this report also formulates area-wide strategies in the following areas: land use and urban design; greenspace; affordable housing, vacancy, and blight; environmental health; and workforce development.
The plan can be viewed here.
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Office of Planning
City of Atlanta
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 3350
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Charletta Wilson Jacks, Director
Jessica Lavandier Assistant Director