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Brownfields Site Assessment Grant Program


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) defines brownfields as abandoned, idle or underused commercial or industrial properties, where the reuse or redevelopment may be hindered by real or perceived contamination.  Brownfields vary in size, location, age and past usage; they range from a closed corner gas station to a vacant industrial plant.  These properties present public health, economic, environmental and social challenges to the communities in which they are located. 

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City of Madison Brownfields Assessment Program – 2019 to 2022

In September 2019, the City of Madison was awarded $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to inventory and investigate potential brownfield properties. While the grant can be used City-wide, the target area for the grant are neighborhoods adjacent to S. Park Street in South Madison. Town of Madison properties are also eligible. These grants help transform contaminated sites into community assets that create jobs, promote sustainable economic development, and improve public health and the environment.

The City has partnered with The Sigma Group, Inc. as its environmental consultant.  Sigma will provide technical expertise and assistance with grant administration.  If you have questions about the program or eligibility please contact Tom Otto for more information at 608.243.0178.

Update:  As of April 1, 2022, the grant has approximately $14,077 of petroleum funds and $154,244 of hazardous substance funds still available.  We have requested a one-year extension from the EPA for this program.  Upon approval the Brownfields Assessment Program will be extended through September 26, 2023.

Please contact the following staff with questions about brownfield sites in the City of Madison:

  • Brynn Bemis, Engineering Division, 608.267.1986
  • Tom Otto, Office of Business Resources, 608.243.0178
Last Updated: 05/03/2022