The Portland Brownfield Program is a resource for property owners, developers, and community members who have questions or concerns about potentially contaminated land. Please call or email us any time and we will help connect you with available resources and information.
If you have questions about buying or selling property, regulatory process, available funding, gardening on urban sites, environmental assessment, or anything else related to contaminated land, the Portland Brownfield Program is here to support you. We are not a regulatory agency, and there is no charge for our assistance. The Portland Brownfield Program is here because bringing brownfields back into active use has many benefits: protecting water quality, decreasing vacancy, reducing hazards to human health and the environment, increasing the tax base, and providing new neighborhood amenities.
The Brownfield Program currently administers two grants from the Environmental Protection Agency:
- A $400,000 grant to assess contamination on properties around the city, with a target area of East Portland
- A $1 million grant to provide loan fund (RLF) for cleanup on private properties
These grants allow us to provide financial assistance to eligible property owners who are concerned about possible contamination on their land. There are three criteria for eligibility:
- The current property owner can not be responsible for the contamination
- The project must demonstrate financial need for funding
- The proposed project must demonstrate community benefit, such as new jobs, new goods/ services/amenities, reduction of a health hazard, or returning a long-vacant site to reuse.
The Brownfield Program is accepting applications for these grants on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Click here to download the assessment application.
For More Information
Contact Jenn Bildersee at 503-823-7764.