"A BROWNFIELD SITE is any real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or environmental standards, criteria or guidance adopted by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation"
Brownfields revitalization is critical to the future of Niagara County. Remediating contaminated sites and making them productive again results in job creation and a healthier environment. Niagara County is concentrating on brownfields redevelopment as a key strategy for economic regeneration and environmental revitalization.
Niagara County’s brownfields program consists of site assessment, end use planning, and a loan fund for cleaning up brownfield sites. The site assessment program uses competitively awarded funds from EPA to hire environmental consulting firms to complete Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) at prioritized sites throughout the County. The end use planning program consists of EPA funds, funds from New York State, and local matching funds for end use planning efforts in the region. The Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) uses competitively awarded funds from EPA to provide low-interest loans to eligible entities cleaning up brownfield sites in Niagara County.
A brochure showcasing Niagara County's brownfields program can be downloaded by clicking here: Niagara County Brownfields Program Brochure
Addressing brownfield issues involves a several step process beginning with identification and ideally ending with redevelopment.
Niagara County Assessment ProgramFunding is available to conduct Phase I and II ESAs at sites throughout Niagara County. Sites can be can be publicly or privately owned and written site access is required prior to initiating a site assessment. Sites must meet EPA's eligibility requirements and the property owner can not be considered responsible for site contamination. Assessments are completed using grant funds at no charge to the property owner. Niagara County handles hiring and managing the environmental consultants.
Assessment Program Fact Sheet
- Anyone interested in a potential site assessment should contact Ms. Amy Fisk, AICP, Senior Planner with the Niagara County Department of Economic Development at (716) 278-8750.
Niagara County Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund ProgramDo you own a property that needs to be cleaned up? If yes, we can help!
To encourage the remediation of brownfield sites, the Niagara County Brownfield Development Corporation (NCBDC) manages a Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program that offers low cost loans to assist with the cleanup costs at brownfield sites in Niagara County. Each loan is customized to provide the greatest flexibility to the borrower.
The loan fund is capatilized with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The goal of the RLF program is to fund the cleanup of brownfield properties in order to promote reinvestment and to retain or create new jobs. Loans supplement other sources of funding committed to the project and are structured to encourage borrowers to put properties back into productive economic use.
- Download the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Guide to see if you may qualify for brownfields financial assistance: Niagara County Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Guide
BROWNFIELD CLEANUP SITES
Former Competition Transmission, North Tonawanda
Former 39th Street School Site, City of Niagara Falls