The Department of State’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program provides communities with guidance, expertise and financial assistance, up to 90 percent of the total eligible project costs, to complete BOA Nomination Plans, which are revitalization strategies for neighborhoods or areas affected by brownfields or economic distress.
Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination or perceived contamination has impeded investment and redevelopment, making them an economic and environmental drain on localities. Through the BOA Program, brownfields are transformed from liabilities to community assets that generate businesses, jobs and revenues for local economies and provide new housing and public amenities.
The program provides a neighborhood or area-wide approach, rather than the traditional site-by-site approach, to the assessment and redevelopment of brownfields and other vacant or abandoned properties. The neighborhood approach enables communities to comprehensively assess existing economic and environmental conditions associated with brownfield blight and impacted areas, identify and prioritize community supported redevelopment opportunities, and attract public and private investment. The type of neighborhoods and areas where program resources are being applied include industrial/manufacturing, commercial corridors, residential, downtowns and waterfronts.
Assess the full range of community redevelopment opportunities posed by a concentration of brownfields or economic distress
Build a shared community vision and consensus on the reuse and redevelopment of strategic sites and actions to achieve community revitalization
Coordinate and collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies, community groups and private-sector partners to identify and implement solutions to improve communities
Develop public-private sector partnerships necessary to leverage investment to advance and implement development projects that can revitalize diverse local neighborhoods
Through a community-driven process, primary outcomes include:
Effective strategies to achieve revitalization - BOA Plans establish clear and effective community neighborhood and site specific redevelopment strategies that specify how areas and sites can be cleaned-up and redeveloped more quickly so development impacts the community in a positive way.
Informing site clean-ups - By conducting site assessments, to better understand contamination issues, clean-up options and costs are better understood.
Shovel ready sites - A portfolio of sites that are or near shovel ready and ripe for redevelopment and investment for a range of businesses and uses.
Priorities for investment - Priorities for public and private investment are established that lead to redevelopment and other actions for community renewal.
Environmental justice - Environmental justice issues and concerns related to negative environmental consequences are addressed and countered.
Marketing to attract investors - Marketing materials are generated, such as site renderings to illustrate redevelopment potential, descriptive brochures, web displays, requests for developer proposals and others to attract interest and investment.
Public and private partnerships - Multi-agency and private-sector partnerships are established to leverage investments to redevelop sites, improve supporting infrastructure, and provide needed community facilities.