Brownfield Revitalization

What Are Brownfields

Brownfields are vacant, abandoned or underutilized properties that have real or perceived environmental complications. Remediation and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land or “greenfields”. Redevelopment of Brownfields protects human health and the environment as well as prevents urban sprawl.

Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. Toledo’s program is designed to empower our community in economic redevelopment in order to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse Brownfields.



The City of Toledo has worked diligently to bring together environmental assessment and remediation grants from many state and federal sources that involve a range of purposes and specifications. We have acquired over $14 million in various federal, state, local and private funding sources to redevelop land in Toledo. The Brownfields Revitalization Section manages funds and projects for the purpose of redeveloping Toledo’s land for higher and better uses. Our team helps facilitate property transactions, completes environmental assessments and remediation and assists in the redevelopment of properties.


There are numerous projects that our team is presently working on. Some of these projects include:

  • The Marina District
  • Northtowne Mall
  • UpTown Green
  • Tower on the Maumee
  • Madison Building

There are many more projects that the City of Toledo is working on in some capacity. We keep track of Toledo’s brownfields by keeping a database of all known sites in a Brownfield Inventory.


Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

The Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program, funded through a grant from USEPA provided loans and grants for the cleanup and subsequent redevelopment of brownfield properties.  Click here for more information.

Brownfield Redevelopment



Marc S. Gerdeman
Brownfield Redevelopment Officer