What is a Brownfield?

Brownfields are abandoned or under-used industrial and commercial properties with actual or perceived contamination and an active potential or redevelopment.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Management Section (RPMS) manages the brownfields loan programs and offers technical support to communities through the services of its Brownfields Representatives. 

Brownfields Representatives

City leaders who are eager to return brownfields properties to productive use soon find it can be a complicated process. Local governments may lack the expertise and resources needed to locate funding, negotiate property transactions, perform environmental investigations and cleanups, and resolve legal concerns.  Brownfields Representatives from the Remedial Project Management Section, regularly assist cities in taking on those vacant factories and closed gas stations.

Brownfields Representatives will travel to communities and sit down with city leaders upon request to:

  • Explain cleanup options, regulatory program requirements, and environmental liability status
  • Help municipalities secure public and private financial assistance
  • Guide potential loan recipients through the brownfields cleanup and redevelopment process

Illinois Brownfields Redevelopment Loan Program

The Illinois Brownfields Redevelopment Loan Program offers low interest loans to support efforts by local governments and private parties to clean up brownfields sites that have already been assessed for contamination. These cleanups take place under the Illinois EPA's voluntary Site Remediation Program. The loans will pay for limited investigation, remediation, and demolition costs at brownfields sites. The maximum loan amount for any single loan application is $500,000.

The OBA administers the loan program, which includes soliciting loan applications and managing funds.

For More Information

External Links

Office of Brownfields Assistance   
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency                                    
1021 North Grand Avenue East                                    
P.O. Box 19276                                    
Springfield, IL 62794-9276

Mike Charles: (217) 785-3846 

Jenessa Conner: (217) 524-2084