What is a Brownfield?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines brownfields as, “abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.”
Adams County Brownfields Program
In the spring of 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant to Adams County. The grant will provide funding to assist the County in identifying, assessing, and revitalizing brownfields properties in the Clear Creek Valley Area. This area was identified as the “Target Area” due to its proximity to planned Regional Transit District light rail stations and its history of gravel mining and landfills. These properties, if remediated, have the potential to become valuable to the surrounding community as redeveloped properties that not only generate tax revenues, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth, but also create aesthetic value by removing blight from the area. The Clear Creek Valley TOD (Transit Oriented Development) Plan was adopted by Adams County in 2009 and includes this area in its strategy for revitalization.
In addition to the EPA, partners in Colorado working to address Brownfields include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Brownfields Partnership. These organizations provide outreach, resources, and technical assistance to communities and property owners looking to reuse their Brownfields properties.
To Learn More
To learn more about the Brownfields Program, please click here for the program brochure.
The county has recently completed a brownfields inventory. Click here to review the brownfields inventory.
For additional details on Adams County Brownfields, contact Joelle Greenland, program manager, 720.523.6851.