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Brownfield Redevelopment

A brownfield is property where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Environmental Assessment Program
The Dakota County Environmental Assessment Program helps cities redevelop brownfields.

Many properties in the County are eligible
Properties are identified as brownfields when hazardous substances and/or petroleum have been used or stored during the property’s developed history. Many buildings constructed prior to 1980 may have asbestos containing building materials, lead-based paint, and/or other hazardous building materials, which can require inspection, sampling, and removal of these materials as part of a redevelopment.

The County can help with redevelopment funding
NEW for 2017 — environmental funding will be available through the Dakota County Community Development Agency Redevelopment Incentive Grant program.  There is one application for three possible grants:

  • Planning
  • Redevelopment
  • Environmental

All Dakota County cities are eligible
All Dakota County cities are eligible for funding. Funding is available for the following types of sites.

  • A city is interested in acquiring a property for future city use or redevelopment but is short of funding to perform necessary environmental due diligence activities. 
  • A city acquired a property that was partially investigated but additional assessment would complete the definition of the nature and extent of contamination, enable environmental cleanup cost to be estimated, and remove uncertainty that may be hampering development. 
  • The site is of current or recent interest to a developer and environmental assessment would enhance the likelihood of the developer moving forward with redevelopment. 
  • Abandoned sites that are a significant blighting influence, a potential threat to public welfare or the environment.
  • There is real or perceived contamination on vacant, abandoned or underutilized property.

Funding is unavailable to relieve legal obligation
If contamination is known to be present, the funding cannot be used to relieve the responsible party of the costs for investigating something for which they have a legal obligation.

Eligible activities
Eligible environmental investigation activities include:

  • Environmental Due Diligence Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
  • Phase II ESAs
  • Ground water monitoring
  • Soil vapor monitoring
  • Hazardous Materials Surveys
  • Response action plan preparation
  • MPCA brownfield program applications (does not include MPCA program fees)
  • Report preparation and submittal to MPCA

Eligible environmental remediation activities include:

  • Contaminated soil excavation and disposal
  • Ground water remediation
  • Contaminated soil remediation
  • Soil vapor remediation
  • Soil vapor mitigation

For more information

Attend the Community Development Agency-sponsored Redevelopment Incentive Grant-Environmental Assessment workshop on Nov. 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Dakota County Community Development Agency, 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan.

Contact Cathy Undem with the Dakota County Environmental Assessment Program at or 952-891-7532.

Contact Maggie Dykes with the Community Development Agency Redevelopment Program at or 651-675-4464.

Redevelopment Incentive Grant applications are due January 2017.  Funding is awarded June 2017.

Last updated: 10/19/2016 10:58 AM