Brownfield Program

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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.  

Nomination Form
Fact Sheet
Site Access Form
Target Area Map

Current Projects

 FCS / McDonough Tank Removal Project Video 


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.

Cleanup activities

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 ( 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.

Programmatic Requirements

As the loans or subgrants are funded by an EPA Grant, additional considerations are required prior to receiving funds and include the following:

  • Prepare and submit a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP),
  • Conduct an Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA),
  • Develop and Implement Community Relations Plan (CRP)
  • Conduct a community Meeting,
  • Endangered Species Act Compliance in coordination with the Fish and Wildlife Service,
  • Natural Historic Preservation Act Compliance in coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office, and
  • Ensure David Bacon Act Compliance.

Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (BLRF) Resources:

BRLF Fact Sheet
Flow Chart
Brownfields Revolving Loan Guidelines
Loan Application

Community Involvement Plans

RDA to Cascade Project
Pratt Pullman Yard Project

For additional Information contact:
Jessica Lavandier

Kent Spencer
Invest Atlanta
133 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 614-8329


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.

July 23, 2019 Presentation

September 19, 2018 Presentation

December 1, 2016 Presentation


To learn more about brownfields in general, please see the following resources:

Georgia Brownfield Association
EPA Brownfield Page 
Georgia Environmental Protection Division Brownfield Program


Past Brownfield Initiatives

Brownfield Assessment Grant  (2013-2016)


Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (2010 - 2013)

Program Overview
From October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2013, the City of Atlanta administered an EPA-funded program known as the Brownfield 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 brownfield, 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 brownfield 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.

Program Documents

The plan can be viewed here.


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Contact Info
Office of Planning
City of Atlanta
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 3350
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Keyetta Holmes, Interim  Director, Office of Zoning and Development 

Jessica Lavandier Assistant Director
Strategic Planning

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