Brownfields

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Brownfields are 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. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and takes development pressures off green spaces and working lands."

The City of Lakewood recognizes the importance of Brownfield redevelopment and the potential it has to revive the environmental, economic and social landscape of the city and its neighborhoods. Brownfield sites are unsightly, dangerous to public health and are a drain on the local economy.

Lakewood aggressively pursues the latest Brownfield grant opportunities offered by EPA and helps administer a revolving loan fund that helps property owners clean up their sites.

The City was recently awarded a joint grant with the City and County of Denver to conduct a corridor study along the length of Colfax Avenue.

 

Additional information regarding Brownfields can be found at:

 

Colorado Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing notice that it intends to apply for funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to capitalize the Colorado Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. If awarded, these funds will be used for environmental cleanup activities at brownfields properties around the state. The grant was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency in October 2011.  For questions or to review the draft, contact Dan Scheppers, brownfields coordinator, at 303-692-3500.

City of Lakewood's Brownfields Support Program

Construction, renovation, transfer or reuse of commercial or industrial property is sometimes hindered by real, or perceived, environmental issues. The Lakewood Environmental Assessment Support Program can help you fund environmental investigation costs. The program can also help you obtain the professional assistance necessary to identify potential concerns and overcome environmental hurdles that may stand in your way. 

      

      Alleviate Environmental Concerns at Your Property  

  • The Lakewood Environmental Assessment Support Program can help fund work necessary to obtain a regulatory "No Further Action" determination from the state of Colorado.
  • Environmental investigation activities (Phase I and Phase II) are eligible.
  • Remedial planning and risk assessments necessary to address site conditions are eligible.


    Cost Savings for Qualifying Sites

  • The City of Lakewood has prenegotiated rates with a select group of environmental specialists.
  • These rates are available to qualifying owners, developers, purchasers and tenants of properties located within Lakewood city limits.


    It's Easy to Use!

  • Simple application.
  • Decisions on credit applications typically made in 30 days or less.
  • Information and technical assistance is available.


    A Win-Win Opportunity!

  • A cost effective way to accomplish your environmental assessment work.
  • An actual, or perceived, environmental hazard is mitigated.
  • An economic or community benefit is realized.


    Grants and Flexible Credit Terms are Available

  • Based on your application, the City of Lakewood can provide you with access to the program's Environmental Consultants Network or engage a cost-effective environmental specialist on your behalf.
  • Based on your application, financial support may include grants, flexible credit terms or a combination of these.

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