Brownfield Assessment Grant Applications for Financial Assistance Being Accepted

Municipalities, non-profit organizations, developers, private businesses and property owners in Hamilton County can apply for financial assistance under the Redevelopment Authority’s U.S. E.P.A. Brownfield Assessment grant. Since 2011, more than 146 acres across 29 projects in 19 neighborhoods have been assessed through grants administered by the Redevelopment Authority.

US EPA Grants

A look at past projects utilizing US E.P.A. Grant Funds for Environmental Site Assessments.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority a Brownfield Assessment Grant of $300,000 for the assessment of Hamilton County properties that may be contaminated with hazardous substances and / or petroleum.

Projects that recently received funding for hazardous site assessment and have been developed into residential and commercial properties include Mercer Commons in Over-the-Rhine, the Gantry in Northside and Integra Life Sciences in Madisonville.

Demolition underway on a vacant structure making way for an expansion of Integra LifeSciences’ campus in Madisonville. Through the Redevelopment Authority’s 2010 U.S. E.P.A. Brownfield Assessment grant, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments were conducted. The environmental issues discovered were manageable; the building was demolished and paved over with asphalt for use as a parking lot.

Grants have also been used to assess industrial properties throughout Hamilton County. Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP) Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments were funded through the grant for a 46-acre industrial site in the City of Cincinnati. The location is listed with Neyer Properties.

Integra received funding for Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments in order to expand its Madisonville campus and add nearly 80 jobs. The company invested approximately $3.3 MM in their existing facility and added a new parking lot.

Julie Banner, GCRA Sr. Development Associate, presenting an overview of the grant and application process at a community kick-off event in April, 2018.

Brownfield Assessment Grant applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through July 2020 or until the funds have been expended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-application phone call with the Redevelopment Authority.


Learn more about how to apply here.

See the presentation from the community kick-off event.