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 Separately, Amazon obtained a $10-million Macomb County brownfield redevelopment incentive for the Shelby Township project. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon yet to demand subsidies, tax breaks for Pontiac Silverdome site," 28 Jan. 2020 The project was recently approved for about $30 million in public development subsidies through long-term tax captures, including a $16.7-million brownfield incentive that will specifically go to GPC Adams. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Chemical Bank chairman's grown kids get development, landlord deal," 6 July 2019 It will be built at 300 Fleming Road and will repurpose a brownfield, according to Jefferson County Commissioner Steve Ammons. William Thornton |, al, "Samuel Associated Tubing to build $29 million plant, hire 50," 5 Dec. 2019 The public financing portion of the North Armory includes a state brownfield loan of $1.5 million, state and federal historic tax credits of $3.6 million and a $2.8 million loan from the Capital Region Development Authority. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "After delay, 48 new apartments at former Colt factory will bring total to 177 units at historic Hartford manufacturing complex," 13 Aug. 2019 That potential subsidy also relates to the brownfield redevelopment program. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler gets another $92.8M for Mack Avenue plant project," 23 July 2019 Of the 146 New York City sites approved for the brownfield cleanup program since 2003, none have involved elemental mercury contamination. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "The Toxic Secret Underneath the Seaport," 7 June 2019 Anamet is a good example of the challenges of the state’s urban brownfields. Michael Puffer,, "When industry departs, municipalities can be stuck with costly, blighted brownfield sites," 10 June 2019 Commissioners also agreed to allow the Kankakee Valley Historical Society to prepare a proposal for a brownfield grant application to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County historical groups praised by commissioners," 11 June 2019

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Brownfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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