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 and dry cleaning establishments. Atlantic Station and the Beltline are two examples of successful brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects in the City.
Brownfields Assessment Program (2017 - 2020)
The City of Atlanta has been awarded a 2017 Brownfields Assessment Grant by EPA. With the grant, the City of Atlanta seeks to promote the redevelopment of brownfields sites in Target Areas by providing no-cost Phase I and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for select brownfield properties.
Sites to be assessed are expected to come primarily from the following Target Areas in the City: Groundwork Atlanta (NPUs D and G), the Proctor Creek Watershed, the Atlanta Area-Wide Plan (AWP)/Murphy Triangle area and the Memorial Drive and DeKalb Avenue rail corridor (see map). These areas have been identified through previous brownfield programs, economic development plans, and strategic planning efforts. In addition, good candidates for the Environmental Site Assessments are those that meet the definition of a brownfield, will be redeveloped in the near-term, and will bring jobs/employment or affordable housing to the area. Please note that the ESAs can’t be kept confidential.
Nominate a Site
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.
Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund
Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and jointly managed by the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta, the Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (BRLF) Program provides financing to eligible brownfields clean-up projects within the Atlanta city limits. The Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF) provides low interest long-term loans to eligible developers and buyers to clean-up qualified sites. Nonprofits, who are the sole owner of the property that is the subject of a remediation, are eligible for a subaward. A 20% match is required from loan and subaward recipients.
The Brownfields Revolving Loan Program Guidelines and Procedures Manual provides information about the requirements and procedures of the program, environmental cleanup requirements, as well as information about site and borrower eligibility, allowable cost, and application process.
The loan program provides funding for cleanup of identified contamination until it meets the State of Georgia’s regulatory cleanup standards. Prior to the issuance of the loan, the site must be admitted into the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division Brownfields Program (http://epd.georgia.gov/brownfield). Oversight of all cleanup activities is provided by the City of Atlanta’s Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to ensure the cleanup is conducted in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Loan Application Process
A pre-application is first submitted to the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta to determine eligibility. After approval, the applicant submits a loan application to Invest Atlanta. Invest Atlanta determines the terms, interest rates, payment terms, and the length of loan. The Invest Atlanta Board votes to approve the loan. The applicant and Invest Atlanta close on the loan after programmatic requirements are met.
As the loans or subgrants are funded by an EPA Grant, additional considerations are required prior to receiving funds and include the following:
Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (BLRF) Resources:
Community Involvement Plans
For additional Information contact:
Brownfield Stakeholder Advisory Committee (BSAC)
The Brownfield Stakeholder Advisory Committee BSAC, a board with government, brownfield professionals, community and non-profit representatives that provides input and recommendations on brownfield activities.
To learn more about brownfields in general, please see the following resources:
Past Brownfield Initiatives
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