Benefits of Redevelopment

Cleaning up and reinvesting in brownfields protects the environment, reduces blight, and protects public health and offer opportunities to revitalize neighborhoods. Sites can be transformed to spur economic development, including the building of housing, parks and open space, mixed-use development, and community centers. Careful redevelopment of brownfields can revitalize underserved neighborhoods and improve community health. A few examples of the social, economic and environmental benefits of brownfield redevelopment are discussed below:

Social & Economic Revitalization
  • Job Retention and Creation
  • Tax Base Expansion
  • Efficient Use of Existing Infrastructure
  • Economic Benefits of Density and Connectivity - Removing Blight, Reversing Negative Perceptions and Increasing Property Values and Meeting Increasing Demand for Urban Living

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Environmental & Sustainability Benefits
  • An Alternative to Sprawl
  • Reduce Energy Consumption and Emissions
  • Providing Urban Green Space
  • Air Quality and Reducing Greenhouse Gases - Brownfields redevelopment effectively reduces greenhouse gases (GHGs) by encouraging growth in urban areas. Brownfield sites are often located in prime areas of communities, such as along existing transit lines and high-density, mixed-use resident and commercial areas. This decreases the average vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by reducing the commuting distances; and therefore, improving air quality and reducing GHGs.
  • Water Quality Impacts and Reduced Runoff - Studies have found that dense development tends to improve water quality by reducing storm water runoff. Brownfields redevelopment tends to led to higher density development compare to greenfield development.