Brownfields

STAFF:  susan Westa

WRC Brownfields Committee: click here

WRC Brownfields Meeting Schedule 2022: click here

Brownfields are land and buildings whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse
may be complicated by the presence or potential presence
of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative (WRBRI) was established in 2000 with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since that time we have been working hard to promote vibrant communities by facilitating brownfields redevelopment.  

All together this funding has brought a total of $4.72 million dollars in federal brownfields funds to the region for assessment and cleanup of brownfields sites. This successful program has been instrumental in helping revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from underutilized properties to productive business and community use.

Brownfields Committee 2022 Schedule

The Brownfields Committee meets bimonthly on the second Thursday of the month at 5:00 PM.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM of the Monday of the week prior to the meeting (except for the June meeting, since that Monday is Memorial Day). If you have any questions about the application process, contact Susan Westa, WRC Brownfields Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The meeting schedule and application due dates for 2022 are as follows:

Meeting Dates

Application Due Dates

February 10 January 31
April 14 April 4
June 9 May 31
August 11 August 1
October 13 October 3
December 8 November 28

Additional Brownfields Assessment Funds NOW Available

Assessment Funding
New assessment funding is now available through the Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative (WRBRI). These new funds were made available through the State of Vermont. Assessment funds are used to determine if contamination has occurred on a site and the extent of that contamination. Property owners or prospective purchasers of brownfield properties must fill out a Site Nomination Form and Owner Participation Agreement and submit them to Susan Westa, WRC Brownfields Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by the dates noted above.

Cleanup Funding
The Windham Regional Commission is also accepting applications for the WRBRI Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The WRBRI RLF provides loans and grants to facilitate cleanup of contaminated properties (brownfields) in the Windham Regional Commission’s (WRC) service area. This financing is intended to fill funding gaps needed for the successful cleanup and ultimate redevelopment of brownfield sites. Loan funds are available to public, private and nonprofit owners who comply with the eligibility requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency; grants are available to eligible municipalities and nonprofit owners of brownfield properties. Interested property owners should submit the eligibility form to Susan Westa, WRC Brownfields Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by the dates noted above.


Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Updates

Active Assessment Site Update, March 2022
• Phase I – determines likelihood of potential contamination
• Phase II – determines extent of potential contamination
• ABCA – Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives/cleanup planning
• CAP – Corrective Action Plan/cleanup planning

SITE UPDATE
21 O'Bryan Drive
Brattleboro
Phase II underway

Thermal House
Brattleboro
Indoor PCB testing underway

The Garage
Bellows Falls
Supplemental sampling offsite.

Green Acres Solar
Putney
Phase II underway.

Train Station
Bellows Falls
Phase I and Hazardous Building Materials assessment underway.

Areawide Plan      
Bellows Falls
Underway.


Active Revolving Loan Fund/Cleanup Site Update, March 2022

SITE UPDATE
Garage
Bellows Falls
Redevelopment underway for affordable housing.

New England Youth Theater           
Brattleboro
Demolition of building addition complete and cleanup underway.

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