noun, often attributive
brown·​field | \ ˈbrau̇n-ˌfēld How to pronounce brownfield (audio) \

Definition of brownfield

: a tract of land that has been developed for industrial purposes, polluted, and then abandoned

Examples of brownfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over that same time, Baltimore gave about $125 million in property tax breaks for enterprise zones, historic properties, brownfield remediation and more, as well as tax credits for homeowners. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 21 June 2022 The city will use $10 million to remediate the Rhodia brownfield site at 1495 S. 11th St. in Park Hill, $6 million to preserve and expand the Baxter Community Center and $2 million to expand broadband internet access in Louisville. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2022 Lafayette West was approved last year for $17.75 million in local and state-level brownfield tax captures ($5 million state, $12.7 million local) over about 30 years. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 Moving full throttle toward building as soon as possible on that recently identified brownfield site near Treemont shovels in the ground. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 May 2022 The future home of the jail and commit resources to the first steps of remediating this brownfield. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 Building the new jail, whether or not to build it on, on a toxic brownfield that requires a lot of remediation or to renovate the current facility. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 May 2022 Rhode Island’s Seekonk River, which stretches from Pawtucket to Providence, has been exposed to chemicals and pollution, but new developments on polluted brownfield sites are revitalizing the river and communities around it. Dylan Dhindsa,, 10 Apr. 2022 There are 307 brownfield sites listed on the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Inventory Database, including 29 in Cuyahoga County. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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brown·​field | \ ˈbrau̇n-ˌfēld How to pronounce brownfield (audio) \

Legal Definition of brownfield

: a tract of land that has been developed for industrial purposes, polluted, and then abandoned


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