Redeveloping Brownfields for City Expansion


When most people see a Brownfield, they see a worn down, polluted piece of property that is nothing more than an eyesore.  When an environmental services company sees a Brownfield, they see busy stores, shops and restaurants and an opportunity to expand a city’s property.

Environmental services companies can help cities take advantage of underutilized or abandoned brownfields with property assessments, site remediation and impact studies. Brownfields are typically viewed as complicated or impossible to remediate.  But, with the right environmental services company behind the project, an abandoned brownfield could be transformed into a bustling shopping center. This can bring economic development to cities as well as bring many jobs to the local community.

Besides being a public eye sore, brownfields may also pose environmental risks due to the possible presence of hazardous pollutants. Many brownfields run the risk for having contaminated underground soil due to an oil tank discharge.  Still, savvy property developers know that revitalizing abandoned brownfields can not only help protect the environment, but also create an expansion of jobs and economic development.

When property investors are considering redeveloping abandoned property, an environmental services company can perform a comprehensive property assessment to determine what, if any, environmental hazards are present.

Property assessments for the redevelopment of brownfields may include some of the following:

  • Surveys, site and building plans
  • Environmental assessments and hazardous materials documentation
  • Site remediation
  • Preparation and submission of all permitting documents
  • Traffic studies and environmental impact statements
  • Fiscal impact studies
  • Planning Board presentations
  • Full service construction and construction management
  • Grant and loan facilitation

In the event that a brownfield has tested positive for site contamination, certain environmental services such as removal of underground storage tanks and site remediation, can bring the property back to life. Because the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) now requires a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to oversee and approve remediation work, property owners are advised to work with an environmental services company that staffs one.

Importance of Environmental Services

Environmental due diligence is a critical component of any property transaction where potential environmental risks are a concern.  Commercial property buyers can minimize risks and protect themselves from liability by having an environmental services company perform an environmental due diligence assessment of the property before becoming the legal owner of any real estate site.

With the help of an environmental services company, abandoned brownfields can flourish as golf communities, recycling facilities and revitalized communities.

About The Entech Group Inc

Whether it is a Brownfields redevelopment project, underground oil tank removal, material recovery facility design, or solar energy system design & installation, The Entech Group, Inc brings our New Jersey clients experienced engineering, environmental, and renewable energy services, as well as hands-on, knowledgeable construction management. We deliver project solutions that are realistic, fairly priced, and keep our clients’ best interests in mind.

Please call 866-709-5332 for more information.

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