Like all communities, Springfield has properties that are abandoned, under-used or blighted. These properties, or Brownfields, are everywhere, in both urban and rural areas. A brownfield property can be:
- a former lumberyard
- a former service station
- a feed mill abandoned in the 1950s
- a vacant city lot where a factory burned down years ago.
The City of Springfield's Brownfields Program works to assess, clean up, and facilitate the redevelopment / reuse of potentially contaminated properties known as "brownfields" within the city of Springfield. The program works in cooperation with Region 7 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The program provides incentives for qualifying properties, including free Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, cleanup planning, technical assistance, and low-to-no interest loans and subgrants for site remediation.
Brownfields Funding Resources
- Apply online for Brownfields assessment funding
- Printable application for Brownfields assessment funding
- Criteria for use of assessment funds
- Agreement to allow property entry for environmental assessment
O’Reilly Hospitality is transforming the historic Medical Arts Building into a boutique hotel with help from a $300,000 Brownfields Remediation Loan through the City’s Economic Vitality Office.
The loan is helping to facilitate the environmental cleanup and revitalization of this eight-story vacant historic landmark at 430 South, the largest remaining undeveloped property in downtown Springfield.
Jordan Valley Park
Springfield, the birthplace of Route 66, has been working with EPA for over 20 years to revitalize industrial and automotive sites around the city. Springfield has leveraged more than $8 million in Brownfields funding and technical assistance to redevelop mills, bulk oil stations, auto salvage and recycling facilities, filling stations, a quarry, and rail sites. In total, the city has conducted over 300 environmental site assessments. Read full story at EPA.gov.