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County-wide Brownfield Master List to be Updated The Economic Development Tool Is Used for Revitalization

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County is beginning the process of producing an updated county-wide Brownfield Master list.  The purpose of the master list is to identify and assess properties that have the potential for economic revitalization through remediation and redevelopment. 

“The County started identifying Brownfields for each municipality in 2000 as part of our Brownfield and Redevelopment initiative and it is time to update that data,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  “We will again take the information from this study give it to the municipalities to help them revitalize sites for economic development, which in turn, helps preserve open land and space in the county and put valuable space back into the tax roles,” Sweeney stated.

Freeholder Director Sweeney explained that there are many federal and state grants associated with Brownfields and the information, among other uses, can be utilized by the towns and private industry to return Brownfields properties to usable condition.

“Brownfields have a large impact on the local economy, and when it is possible to return properties for use there is a benefit to the entire community,” said Sweeney.  “The information we make available through this program can also be helpful in obtaining grants and funding from a variety of sources that can help make a project become a reality,” Director Sweeney said.

By definition, a Brownfield property is any former or current commercial or industrial site, currently vacant or underutilized, on which there has been, or there is suspected to have been a discharge of a contaminant.

Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr., said, “An important component of this project is community outreach and public participation in the process.  Public comment and comment from local governments will be solicited, captured and utilized in the project in order for us to get the most complete data.  Freeholder Brigandi serves as the liaison to the Department of Economic Development who will assist in administering the program.

Brigandi said that the long term goal of this study is to provide the infrastructure, technical expertise; public and private support and vision to empower the local community, municipalities and private developers to reuse industrial properties.

“When we first initiated this project several years ago it had a positive impact on our towns, and with the advances in technology we be able to provide even more information with this study” Freeholder Brigandi said. 

As part of the study the county will be receiving information on the extent and location of relative contamination on identified sites, as well as a complete county Brownfields map utilizing ArcView/ArcInfo GIS including all attributed data layers used in construction of the map.  All information and data will be shared with the county’s 24 municipalities.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of June, 2007.