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Nassau County Brownfield's Redevelopment Program

What are brownfields?

Brownfields are sites with the potential for development or reuse, but remain unused or underused because of known or suspected environmental contamination.  

What is Nassau County trying to accomplish?

The primary objective of the Brownfields Redevelopment Program is to facilitate redevelopment of these sites.  Doing so will provide such economic benefits as creating jobs, increasing the municipal tax base, mitigating potential health or environmental risks, and maximizing existing infrastructure.

What is the brownfields redevelopment process?

In general, the process of redeveloping a brownfield involves assessing the site’s environmental conditions, ensuring necessary level of cleanup is achieved, and developing a plan for reuse. Integral to this process are various stakeholders, including state/federal government, private investors/developers and the local community.  

State and federal government entities set the environmental standards and provide resources for assessment and remediation.  Private investors commit to redeveloping the sites in a manner which maximizes economic, environmental and social benefits to the community.   The County’s program relies heavily upon input from the local community to determine redevelopment options.