Using monies received from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Town helps property owners investigate environmental conditions on qualifying sites in Framingham which are being considered for redevelopment. The current grant of $400,000 was received in May 2012 and runs through September 30, 2015. Learn more about the current grant.
What is a brownfield site? The EPA defines a brownfield site as "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". The full legal context for the Brownfields Grants can be found at the EPA website.
Brownfields Assessment Program
The goal of the Town's Brownfields Assessment Program is to help property owners minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields. Funds are intended to kick-start a redevelopment process that ultimately results in new development with the goals of stabilizing neighborhoods, adding jobs and homes, and increasing the Town's tax base.
Assist developers/property owners with due diligence measures and estimates of liabilities
Engage community members regarding economic development priorities
Improve the quality of life for residents
Increase local job opportunities and tax revenue
Restore existing neighborhoods and commercial corridors
Return blighted and contaminated properties to productive use
Stimulate and promote economic development
Is my property eligible?
Site eligibility is based on a number of factors and we encourage you to talk with our Brownfields team about your property. Factors used to determine eligibility include:
Is there a plan for business growth or other redevelopment?
Is/has the property currently/previously regulated by MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)?
What is the ownership status?
What is the history of uses on the site and surrounding properties?
2009 Petroleum Assessment Grant In May 2009, the Town received a $200,000 grant from the EPA and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Before ending in Fall 2012, detailed assessments were completed on 5 sites including a new community garden on the South side of Town and several underutilized commercial sites.
2008 Hazardous Materials Assessment Grant
In April 2008, the Town received a $200,000 grant from the EPA. Before ending in Fall 2012, after a one year extension, assessments were completed on a number of projects including land to be purchased for the new McAuliffe branch library and land for the Cochituate Rail Trail.