brownfield

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 The aim is to transform what is a derelict brownfield site on the edge of the River Mersey into a thriving new waterfront neighbourhood. David Prosser, Forbes, "Meet The Australian Real Estate Entrepreneur Helping To Regenerate Liverpool At Romal Capital," 25 Feb. 2021 The city is using tax capture funds and brownfield redevelopment funds to help. Freep.com, "Albion College has strong connection to downtown," 13 Feb. 2021 An additional $400 million in annual tax credits will be designated for initiatives like historic property and brownfield redevelopment, opening or keeping grocery stores in food deserts and investing in startups. Kate King, WSJ, "New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Corporate Tax-Break Program," 21 Dec. 2020 The idea was to get longstanding, idle, polluted brownfield sites back into productive use, for the economy and state tax rolls. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Most of Michigan's 24,000 contaminated sites await cleanup that might never come," 20 Dec. 2020 It would be used to cover the cost of such things as land acquisition, infrastructure improvements and environmental cleanup of the former brownfield site, just north of the intersection of Riverside Drive and Delta Avenue. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Homearama homeowners face $10,000-a-year special assessment," 3 Nov. 2020 Veal said that the city could redevelop a brownfield site, which is property no longer in use often because of contamination, as an aquaponics facility. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "How has Indianapolis responded to climate change? This commission wants to find out.," 7 July 2020 Low-income people and people of color, Veal said, often live on brownfield sites. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "How has Indianapolis responded to climate change? This commission wants to find out.," 7 July 2020 Living near old, contaminated brownfield properties also had an effect on life expectancy. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s 'Black Lives Matter' protests echo a long quest for environmental justice," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of brownfield

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Brownfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brownfield. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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brownfield

noun
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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