The City of Greenville, NC’s brownfields program began in 2007 with the award of $400,000 of assessment grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since then, the City has been awarded $200,000 in 2009 and $200,000 in 2012 in additional assessment funding, and $400,000 in 2013 in cleanup funding for the former Imperial Tobacco Property.
Greenville’s successful brownfields program has focused on underutilized properties that have been overlooked for redevelopment, partly because of unquantified environmental concerns.
The City's first assessment activities were focused in the West Greenville Certified Redevelopment Area. The City has continued working with community partners to adopt a vision for revitalization of the disadvantaged West Greenville area, which struggled following the collapse of the local tobacco industry. The West Greenville vision has established a pro-active plan for the redevelopment of businesses and jobs, affordable housing, community facilities, and a system of parks and green spaces.
One of the primary barriers to the fulfillment of the West Greenville revitalization vision is the presence of many brownfields left behind at closed tobacco warehouses, railroad sites, and other industrial facilities.
Currently, Greenville is expandanding its brownfields program, focusing on additional assessment, cleanup planning, and site cleanup of key properties.
The brownfields program and continued redevelopment efforts are fully supported by the local and regional economic development agencies. As part of the program, the City of Greenville will continue to reach out to business and community leaders early to ensure work is firmly grounded in the dynamics of real estate feasibility and market demand.
To learn more about the EPA's Brownfields program, please visit the EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields. Read about EPA Brownfield Success Stories here.
Property owners and/or developers interested in participating in the brownfields program can click here to review the Frequently Asked Questions.