City of Madison

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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. 

City of Madison Brownfields Assessment Program

In 2012, the City of Madison was awarded $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to inventory and investigate potential brownfield properties.  The grant focused on three corridors that contain the highest concentration of brownfield sites—the North Corridor (Packers and Pennsylvania Avenues), the Isthmus (East Washington Avenue) and the South Corridor (Park Street).  The grant closed successfully in December 2016 and conducted investigations on 14 sites.

RFP EN6964 - 800 Block of E. Washington Ave. Environmental Cleanup Documents

DNR Regulations and Grants:

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

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