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Brownfield sites are generally abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination. While these properties have an enormous potential for economic development, they have failed to attract the private market because of the liability associated with the brownfields and the potential cost involved in the cleanup.
Brownfield areas are contiguous areas of one or more brownfield sites, some of which may not be contaminated, that have been designated as such by a local government by resolution.
Brownfield Areas in Miami-Dade County include all of the unincorporated areas within the Urban Development Boundary of the Enterprise Zones, Enterprise Communities, Empowerment Zones, Targeted Urban Areas and areas eligible for Community Development Block Grant funds, and include those areas designated brownfield areas by the cities of Hialeah, Homestead, Medley, Miami and Opa-Locka.
Economic incentives, tax credits, low interest loans, and waiver of contamination assessment report review fees are some of the resources available to redevelopers who clean up and develop contaminated sites in brownfield areas in Miami-Dade County. Businesses seeking funding to start a new business or expand an existing one within a brownfield area may be eligible for financial assistance.
Entering into a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement with Miami-Dade County, delegated the authority to administer the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program on behalf of the State of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), provides eligibility for additional benefits and incentives for site cleanup, including a Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credit, cleanup liability protection for lenders and redevelopers, application of Risk-Based Corrective Action principles to site rehabilitation using rules 62-785 and 62-777, Florida Administrative Code, and a streamlined and expedited development, permitting and technical review process. Refer to the FDEP's helpful Guidance Manual for additional information on the management of brownfield sites in the Brownfields Program.
For additional information contact Sandra Rezola, Miami-Dade County Brownfield Coordinator, at 305-372-6700, or Freenette Williams at 305-375-3869.
Environmental Considerations GIS
Search the Environmental Considerations GIS Map to find out if a property may have any environmental features associated with it.
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