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Brownfields and Land Revitalization in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin

The Land Revitalization Program in Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, is focused on restoring land and other natural resources into sustainable community assets that maximize beneficial economic, ecological and social uses to ensure protection of human health and the environment.

  • Brownfields Technical Assistance

    Subtitle A of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act authorizes the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a program to perform Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBAs) such as Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental assessments at properties within Region 5 at no cost to local governments, quasi-governmental agencies and tribes. Information gathered from a TBA gives local governments and Prospective Purchaser a better understanding of potential contamination issues at Brownfields sites in their communities.

    EPA Region 5 has limited resources to help communities complete these TBAs.

    This resource will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as funding allows and at sites selected in accordance with the criteria identified in the TBA fact sheet. (1)

    EPA will select sites in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Targeted Brownfields Assessments Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 1.35 M, About PDF). In making final decisions on distribution of this resource to applicants, EPA may consider a balanced distribution among the Region 5 States and Tribes. EPA will review the request(s) and determine whether the property itself and the site assessment work are eligible; EPA will document that decision. Upon approval of TBA funding, EPA and/or the State can help refine community assessment needs, work expectations and timeliness.

    For further information regarding the EPA Region 5 TBA Program, please contact Brad Stimple at 440.250.1717 or by email at


    The brownfields TAB program provides technical assistance to brownfields communities and stakeholders. TAB providers serve as independent resources and can provide expert technical assistance and guidance for parties interested in acquiring, assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields properties. The TAB program is funded by EPA and available to all stakeholders. Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program provides information on TAB providers by region of the country and on the types of assistance available through the program.

  • Success Stories

    Select Brownfields and Land Revitalization success stories from Region 5 are listed below.


    Duluth, MN

    Cement fabrication facility
    Loll Duluth building

    In 2005, a former cement fabrication facility that manufactured septic tanks and sewer culverts began making contemporary furniture and kitchen products now employs over 60 workers in 3 locations in Duluth and Superior, WI. Loll has a $6M/yr retail base and has also had larger clients including entities such as the Chicago Park District and the Seattle Public Library system.

    Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    Falls Stamping and Welding building
    The Foundry building

    Formerly vacant and abandoned Falls Stamping and Welding, Cuyahoga Falls, OH is now the Foundry - a small 15 person advertising company that had outgrown its previous space. It now enjoys Cuyahoga River access.

    Canton, IL

    The International Harvester Plowshares Plant
    Cook Medical

    The International Harvester Plowshares Plant in Canton, IL closed closed in 1983 after 100 years of operations, resulting in 3,000 layoffs. It burned in 1997—flames could be seen in Peoria 25 miles away. After extensive cleanup, $23,000,000 in 2 phases of plant construction by Cook Medical created 300 jobs. There has been an additional $42M in development in Canton since the Cook construction.

    Athens, OH

    Church on the National Register of Historic Places
    Brownfields Success Stories - Athens OH After

    Church in Athens, OH built in 1916 and on the National Register of Historic Places. The Athens County Port Authority utilized EPA Assessment Grant funds for a Phase 1 ESA to facilitate sale of the Church to the Athens County Historical Society. The building was subsequently repurposed into the Southeast Ohio History Center.

    Detroit, MI

    Abandoned property
    medical supply warehouse

    Property in northcentral Detroit formerly occupied by abandoned houses and industrial factories. The Detroit Wayne County Port Authority used EPA RLF Grant funds to cleanup the site and it was redeveloped into a medical supply warehouse.

    Jackson, MI

    Jackson State Penitentiary
    Former Jackson State Penitentiary

    Property in Jackson, Ml formerly utilized as the Jackson State Penitentiary. The Jackson County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority used EPA Assessment Grant funds to perform a Phase 2 ESA on the site before repurposing the prison into an affordable housing complex known as the Armory Arts Apartments.

    Madison, WI

    storage area by a landscaping services company
    supportive housing facility for the chronically homeless

    Property in Madison, WI formerly utilized as a storage area by a landscaping services company. The City used EPA Assessment Grant funds to perform a comprehensive Phase 2 ESA at the site which identified PAH-contaminated fill that was subsequently remediated. The site was redeveloped into a supportive housing facility for the chronically homeless.

    Madison, WI

    formerly occupied by a dry cleaner and printing company
    restaurant complex

    Property in Madison, WI formerly occupied by a dry cleaner and printing company. The City utilized EPA Assessment Grant funds to perform Phase I and 2 ESAs at the site and it was subsequently redeveloped into a restaurant complex.

    Bay City, MI

    industrial facilities which contaminated the soil and groundwater
    waterfront development

    40 Acre property in Bay City, Ml along the Saginaw River formerly occupied by industrial facilities which contaminated the soil and groundwater. EPA Brownfield funding totaling over $3 million allowed the area to be redeveloped into a waterfront development complete with businesses, residences, a riverwalk, and a marina.

  • Resources / Publications
  • Brownfields Grant Materials

The following links exit the site Exit

State Cleanup Programs within Region 5

Map of EPA Region 5


State & Tribal Response Programs Agreements

Brownfields Region 5 MOAs

Federally Recognized Tribes with 128(a) Brownfields Programs