Offering free site assessments and flexible low-interest cleanup loans

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Some of Austin's landmark attractions were once brownfields. Walk around the lake in the Mueller neighborhood, eat a restaurant in the Seaholm Eco District, or buy produce at a farmers market at Plaza Saltillo and you'll see the results of brownfields redevelopment.

If you've gone to a concert at Zilker Park, taken the train from Crestview Station, or visited our new Central Library, then you've enjoyed the benefits of brownfields revitalization in Austin.

What are brownfields?

Are you acquiring property? Could the property have environmental concerns from previous use? Does your banker want an environmental assessment before talking about financing? A “yes” means this could be a brownfield.

Brownfields can include land or buildings containing asbestos, mold or other pollutants. Gas stations, dry cleaners, unofficial 'dumps,' and former industrial and commercial operations like warehouses, auto repair shops and landfills which could have caused unseen contamination.

Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office resources

The Brownfields Revitalization Office supports redeveloping properties by providing free site assessments and technical assistance to relieve environmental concerns.

Technical Guidance

  • Consultations with property owners, developers and prospective purchasers
  • Review of environmental documentation on redevelopment sites
  • Assistance with state or federal regulatory agency programs

Financial Resources

  • Free environmental assessments for eligible projects in Austin
  • Low-interest environmental cleanup loans to aid redevelopment

Since 1998, the Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office has partnered with community organizations and local governments to return distressed properties to the community as greenspace, commercial, residential or mixed-use development.

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Montopolis Recreation Center

The Montopolis Recreation Center, a cornerstone of the East Austin community for more than four decades, is being redeveloped into a beautiful new recreation and community center. Before demolition of the old facility begins, asbestos found in the wall and ceiling materials must be removed. Austin Brownfields is helping to finance the asbestos abatement with EPA cleanup funding. Get more information and project updates