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What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield site is 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.

Abandoned gas stations, industrial facilities, and other potentially contaminated properties affect communities across the country, as well as here in Cuyahoga County. Due to the perceived risk to human health and the environment and concerns over liability, these brownfield sites often remain vacant or unused for many years.

These sites do not usually get considered for potential re-use as frequently as “green” space does. Property developers fear that their involvement will become costly and time-consuming, so the sites become over grown and not cared for resulting in a hindrance for any economic and community development potentials.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.


Properties that sit untouched because of their real or perceived contamination can be rehabilitated using funding from various sources, such as Cuyahoga County Brownfield Redevelopment Funds, State of Ohio Clean Ohio Funds, and US EPAClean-up funds.

These programs provide assistance and expertise in returning brownfield sites to viable community and economic assets and protect the County’s remaining open space.

CCBH has partnered with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, the City of Cleveland Department of Development, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority to form the Northcoast Brownfield Coalition (NBC). The NBC has built this strong alliance to focus limited resources on brownfield redevelopment in Cuyahoga County.

This partnership enables the NBC to develop synergies, obtain federal funding, and assist in the greater good to attract redevelopment and much needed funding sources to our region.



Centers for Disease Control – Land Reuse Health Initiative

US Environmental Protection Agency – Brownfields & Land Revitalization