Brownfield Programs

  • Brownfield Assessment Program
  • Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Program
  • Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program

Brownfields are defined as properties that are abandoned or underutilized because of actual or perceived contamination to the environment. In 1996 the City of Atlanta received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfields training, research, and technical assistance for a defined project area. The purpose of this grant was to find a solution to the city of Atlanta’s need for land to create affordable housing; parks and green spaces; schools and community centers; and for commercial and retail development. Positive environmental outcomes at brownfields would accommodate the growth and development that would otherwise have occurred on undeveloped, Greenfield properties.


  • Encourage redevelopment of impacted properties.
  • Enhance protection of human health and the environment.
  • Creation of new greenspace, trails, transit development, and new residential/commercial development along the Beltline.
  • Adaptive reuse of old industrial complexes throughout the City where development had not occurred in many years.
  • Completed assessments through the Brownfield Assessment Grant.
  • Revolving Loan Fund to conduct cleanup activities where a site has been determined to be a brownfield.
  • Increase City tax base.
  • Revitalize neighborhoods.
  • Improve quality of life.
  • Community workshops on environmental issues and workshops to discuss environmental justice issues.