Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office (ABRO) receives Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant funding to perform environmental services that benefit the Austin community. These are properties that ABRO has assisted with environmental concerns. Assistance can be as simple as providing a report for the environmental due diligence before a property transaction, collecting samples from potential sources of contamination, planning and performing a cleanup.

Learn about the types of Brownfields assistance offered

Environmental site assessments (ESAs) Phase I and II reports look at the property's history to see if there are any recognized environmental concerns and then collect samples if possible contamination sources.
Building materials investigations Surveys collect and analyze samples from existing buildings to see if they were constructed using regulated materials that need to be removed and handled in a special way. Before 1980, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) were the industry standard to help prevent fires. Paint with high concentrations of lead (lead-based paint or LBP) was commonly used before the 1980s.
Cleanup planning Environmental professionals prepare plans/specifications outlining how to safely remove regulated building materials or clean up contaminated soils/groundwater and dispose of them following the required local, state and/or federal laws and regulations.
Remediation Removing environmental media like soil and groundwater that have unsafe concentrations of hazardous materials or petroleum products, abating or regulated building materials contaminated with asbestos and lead-based paint, and safely disposing of them so the property can be redeveloped. Depending on how complex the cleanup is, this can be quick and easy to complete or take a long time on a very complicated project.

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Active projects

Burnet Place Apartments

In 2019, Project Transitions purchased property to provide affordable housing in North Austin. Project Transitions is a nonprofit dedicated to serving people with HIV and AIDS by providing supportive living, housing, recuperative care and hospice in compassionate and caring environments.

Background

The previous building at this location was constructed in 1966 and served as a mixed residential and commercial area. Over the past several years, the building was vacant and in need of significant repairs. Plans were made to have the building demolished to make way for the new Project Transitions facility.

The new building is expected to have 61 affordable, supportive living apartment homes with community space, a food pantry, a telehealth clinic and a community garden. 

Completed projects

See a map of completed projects that have already redeveloped with ABRO support.

Tannehill

Emergency shelter for women and children.

Background

The Austin Shelter for Women and Children is an emergency shelter serving women and children experiencing homelessness in Austin and is operated by The Salvation Army, in partnership with the City of Austin.

In 2018, to serve a growing number of families experiencing homelessness, the Salvation Army renovated and expanded its property.


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Recent projects

Goodnight Ranch

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