Region 8

Brownfields in Region 8

What are Brownfields?

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Region 8's Brownfields program provides funds and technical assistance to states, tribes, communities, and other stakeholders to assess, clean up and redevelop brownfields properties in the Rocky Mountain region, making it easier for such lands to become vital, functioning parts of their communities. On this site, you can find information about Brownfields grants, program contacts and more.

Brownfields Program Benefits

The Region 8 Brownfields program has created many benefits for local communities across Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, as highlighted below (results as of September 2013). For additional details, view the summary of EPA Brownfields Program Benefits (PDF)(1 pg, 269 K, About PDF).

  • Properties assessed: 1,846
  • Cleanups completed: 129
  • Acres made ready for reuse: 3,341
  • Dollars leveraged: $1,319,562,537
  • Jobs leveraged: 4,570

News and Highlights

Brownfields Recovery Act funds and technical support help make way for affordable housing at the Village at Westerly Creek

Brownfields Recovery Act funds and technical support help make way for affordable housing at the Village at Westerly Creek
 
The City of Aurora issued a $250,000 subgrant to the Aurora Housing Authority from its RLF for asbestos abatement prior to the demolition of the Housing Authority’s outdated Buckingham Garden Townhomes (130 units). The demolition made way for the new Village at Westerly Creek (225 housing units). To avoid relocating residents currently living in the Buckingham Garden Townhomes, the development is being conducted in phases. The first phase of the project which includes 55-units of public housing for seniors and people with disabilities has already been completed and residents started moving in at the end of August. The cleanup of the second phase of the project was completed in November and construction has begun. The third phase of the project is expected to begin in 2014. A few of the amenities that the Village at Westerly Creek will include in the redevelopment are open space, walking paths, heated sidewalks in the senior complex, community garden plots, energy star appliances, and photovoltaic panels that will light hallways and common areas. In addition to cleanup funding, EPA also conducted a Targeted Brownfields Assessment on the property to help the Housing Authority determine the extent of asbestos containing materials in the building and estimate abatement and disposal costs. The Village at Westerly Creek held its grand opening on January 18th, 2013.
 
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Upcoming Brownfields workshops:

Sustainable Economic Revitalization: Brownfields Redevelopment Resources for Your Community
April 24, 2014,  Gypsum, Colorado
The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University  invite you to attend an upcoming workshop about brownfields redevelopment and resources.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided, so mark your calendars and plan to attend! Working agenda and registration information are found on the conference Web page.


Economic Development and Revitalization through Brownfields
May 15, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality  and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University invite you to attend “Economic Development & Revitalization through Brownfields,” a full day workshop being held on May 15, 2014 in Salt Lake City.  The workshop is designed to assist communities dealing with brownfields related issues and/or those wishing to learn more about the brownfields process.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided, so mark your calendars and plan to attend! For workshop agenda and to register, please visit the conference Web page.

Brownfields Workshop
May 19, 2014, Dubois, Wyoming
The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University will be conducting a workshop on May 19, 2014 in Dubois, Wyoming to discuss brownfields related issues specific to Wyoming.  Stay tuned for more information and look for an update on the TAB’s workshop web page.

The Spring Edition of the WBWire features grant solicitations you won’t want to miss, available free technical assistance for brownfield projects in your region, and updates on ongoing projects across the West.


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