City of Atlanta Brownfields Program
The goals of the City of Atlanta’s Brownfields Program are to improve the quality of life, revitalize neighborhoods and increase the City’s tax base by:
Encouraging redevelopment of brownfield sites,
Protecting human health, natural resources and the environment,
Supporting the retention and attraction of jobs and services,
Maximizing the effectiveness of the Brownfield Program through collaborative efforts,
Educating and engaging with the community about the Brownfields Program, and
Investing EPA Brownfields grant funds in Target Communities.
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.
Past Brownfields Initiatives
Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (2010 - 2013)
Brownfield Assessment Grant (2013-2016)
To learn more about brownfield in general, please see the following resources:
Georgia Brownfield Association
EPA Brownfield Page
Georgia Environmental Protection Division Brownfield Program
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.
Site Access Form
Target Area Map
City of Atlanta / Invest Atlanta
Brownfields 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 Brownfield 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 inter-agency 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.
Community Involvement Plans
Atlanta Lettuce Project
Moores Mill Project
RDA to Cascade Project
Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (BLRF) Resources:
Brownfields Revolving Loan Guidelines
December 1, 2016 Presentation
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 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.
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