noun, often attributive
brown·​field | \ˈbrau̇n-ˌfēld \

Definition of brownfield 

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

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Earlier this year Oakland County approved a brownfields plan that will reimburse United Shore for up to $2.3 million in costs for cleaning up soil contamination at the Pontiac site. Detroit Free Press, "United Shore mortgage moves into new, amenity-filled Pontiac HQ," 23 June 2018 Maria Abney, who lives on Egyptian Trail, said other sites, such as closed landfills and brownfields, would be more suitable. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County residents weigh in on proposed solar farms," 14 June 2018 West Orange Habitat for Humanity is tapping college students and women builders for Green Oaks Row, with three houses being constructed on existing brownfield lots at 10th and Bay Streets in Winter Garden. Mary Shanklin,, "Women builders, students work on Habitat for Humanity project," 30 Mar. 2018 In an effort to conserve Green Belt land, 15 councils will use a new register of brownfield land to help house builders identify suitable development sites as part of a pilot project announced in March. Elisabeth Perlman, Newsweek, "Government Failing to Protect Green Belt Land, Report Says," 26 Apr. 2016 The public funding 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,, "Renovations Begin In Last Major Structure At Hartford's Colt Complex," 11 July 2018 Indeed, Ford's work at the Michigan Central Station and in Corktown sound very much like the kind of mega-projects that the state's new transformational brownfield tax incentives were created to make happen. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tax incentives seem likely to help Ford pay for part of Corktown projects," 19 June 2018 The proposal also includes details for cleanup of brownfield sites. Lara Korte, WSJ, "City Wants to Rezone Brooklyn’s Gowanus Area to Draw More Development," 18 June 2018 Cook County is in line for more than $1.3 million in federal grant money that will be used to evaluate and clean up brownfield sites in Ford Heights, Chicago Heights and Sauk Village. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Federal grants to study, clean potential contamination at sites in Ford Heights, Chicago Heights and Sauk Village," 7 May 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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brown·​field | \ˈbrau̇n-ˌfēld \

Legal Definition of brownfield 

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

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