What is a Brownfield?

A “brownfield” is a property that has, or may be perceived to have, environmental impacts. The potential presence of hazardous substances, petroleum, or presence of regulated building materials may impede reuse/redevelopment opportunities. By completing environmental site assessment and cleanup activities, it is possible to transform brownfields from liabilities into assets that will benefit the community.

What are the benefits of brownfield redevelopment?

Property owners, business owners, and developers who cleanup and reuse brownfields provide benefits to themselves and their community, including:

  • Removing unknowns regarding site conditions that might hold up a future sale, financing agreement and/or redevelopment project.
  • Increasing return from the property by making it more valuable and marketable.
  • Contributing to economic prosperity and environmental restoration in the community.
  • Making neighborhoods safer and healthier.
  • Avoiding actions by regulatory agencies that may impose penalties and costly cleanups.
  • Reducing potential impacts from and to adjacent properties.

How can you use grant funding for your property?

Funding is available to parties interested in completing environmental site assessments (ESAs) and regulated building material (RBM) surveys and/or developing site cleanup/reuse plans in support of property sale or redevelopment. Property owners, business owners, and developers are encouraged to take advantage of this funding opportunity that will further economic development initiatives, protect public health, and restore the environment!

How is this program funded?

The project is funded by $600,000 of Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to a Coalition led by Fremont County and supported by Cañon City and the City of Florence.

The Coalition will work with property owners, developers and other community stakeholders to identify and prioritize brownfield sites in need of environmental assessment and cleanup/reuse planning to support redevelopment.

Disclaimer: Although this project has been funded wholly or in part by the EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA.


For more information on brownfields and the Fremont County revitalization program visit the Fremont County Coalition Site Reuse & Revitalization Program webpage or contact:

Sunny Bryant, Manager, Fremont County
615 Macon Avenue, Room 106
Cañon City, CO 81212
phone: 719-276-7351