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

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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 The report showed most of state’s brownfield incentive programs had not reached job goals during a two-year period ending in 2015. Mary Shanklin,, "Publix gets brownfield tax aid for Oviedo, Orlando sites," 2 Dec. 2017 The city will also reduce development review fees by as much as $1.5 million, as part of a brownfield incentive program. Mary Shanklin,, "Sanford Heritage Park work to start in 2018," 9 Oct. 2017 And Snyder signed the transformational brownfield legislation that raises the incentives game to new heights for deals like the Hudson's site project in downtown Detroit. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Is Snyder changing game plan when it comes to growing jobs, skills?," 31 May 2018 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

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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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