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Plan for Brownfields Redevelopment Success
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Infrastructure
Successful brownfields
revitalization doesn't
just happen. It's
planned for.
Approach brownfield
revitalization through
creative, inclusive,
and efficient planning
activities.
	Early on in the site
selection process,
consider the range
of realistic site reuse
options.
	Create a brownfields
revitalization plan
based on the
community's vision,
site and surrounding
area conditions such
as environmental,
economic, real estate
market, assets,
challenges and
vulnerabilities. These
factors will directly
influence how the
site is assessed and
remediated.
Planning activities that
focus on brownfields
revitalization are
eligible under an EPA
Brownfields Assessment
or Multipurpose Grant.
Our community needs to:
	Understand the short- and long-term availability of public and private infrastructure
servicing the brownfield site.
	Identify necessary infrastructure improvements and priority investments to support
brownfield site reuse.
How an Infrastructure Evaluation can help: Provides availability and location of
infrastructure servicing the brownfield site. Evaluation includes utilities (water, sewer,
electric, broadband, gas, etc.), roads, nearby transit and on-site improvements. Can range
from a simple inventory of existing or available infrastructure to a detailed analysis of age,
condition and capacity.
Influence on brownfields assessment, cleanup and reuse: Factors long-term
infrastructure availability and location into potential site reuse scenarios, which expands
or limits site reuse options. Location of infrastructure onsite affects site preparations,
assessment and cleanup decisions.
What is involved? An infrastructure Evaluation depends on the type of property, its location,
assets and the potential site reuse options. Includes an Infrastructure Inventory, which is a
list of all infrastructure existing or available to and on the site, such as:
	Onsite infrastructure (such as fire and life safety; utilities such as boiler house, electrical
substation; security; specialized industrial equipment, assets, services and chemicals).
	Infrastructure serving the site (electric, natural gas, fiber optic cable, water, sewer,
stormwater, wastewater systems and other utilities or resources).
When to conduct? Early in the site reuse planning process. Typically, part of a site reuse
assessment, but can be completed independently. As a preferred site reuse scenario
emerges, a more in-depth infrastructure evaluation will fill data gaps.
What does it typically cost and who can perform?
	Condition Assessment: A visual inspection, review of existing documentation and studies,
and interviews with utility and site personnel. Costs typically range from $2,500 - $10,000
depending on property size, quantity of assets and whether order-of-magnitude estimates
are included. Properties with large facilities or many buildings may cost substantially
more. Often performed by a multidisciplinary consulting team.
	Infrastructure Condition and Capacity Study: A specialized infrastructure condition and
capacity study which may be necessary to determine the feasibility of a specific site
reuse option. Typically necessary for large, high-value reuse opportunities (e.g., heavy
industrial uses often require water and natural gas lines of a certain size or pressure).
Studies cost $40,000+. Usually performed by the utility company for a fee or by a licensed
professional engineer.
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (5105T) | EPA 560-F-18-179 | November 2018

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