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What are Brownfields?

Many of our communities have properties that are abandoned or underutilized because of suspected environmental contamination from past uses. These properties are commonly referred to as “Brownfields.”

Brownfield - noun. 1. real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. 2. abandoned or underutilized property that is not being redeveloped because of fears that it may be contaminated with hazardous substances.

Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties throughout our communities. Brownfield sites can be found in many different forms and may include derelict mills and factories, salvage yards and dump sites, former dry cleaners, old railyards and truck depots, former gas stations and other auto-related businesses, dilapidated and aging buildings, and other vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties.

Program Overview

In 2018, a Coalition led by the City of Stockton and supported by the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) and Stockton Successor Agency was awarded a $600,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant is managed by the City with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec). The grant will fund environmental site assessment (ESA), regulated building materials (RBM) survey, site cleanup/reuse planning, and related activities at publicly- and privately-owned brownfield sites. Funding is available through September 2021. 

VISION: Revitalize vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties in and around the City’s downtown/waterfront (the Target Area) and outside City limits in small communities along transit routes connected to the Target Area. These revitalization efforts are intended to provide benefits to the community, including job creation, increased property values, environmental restoration, and reduced health risks. 

MISSION: Use EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for redevelopment, assess existing site conditions, and plan for cleanup and reuse of priority sites throughout the Target Area. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES: 

  • Prioritize use of grant funds for sites that will attract investors and become a catalyst for new employment opportunities and a sustainable job base. 
  • Promote infill development that maximizes use of existing space, infrastructure and utilities. 
  • Remove redevelopment barriers by addressing unknown site conditions and creating shovel ready sites. 
  • Invest in sites that will generate public and private revenue. 
  • Transform blighted areas into thriving neighborhoods. 
  • Protect public health and the environment. 
  • Promote public participation and input on priority redevelopment areas and sites. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

For additional information or to nominate a site for grant funding consideration, please contact:

Amanda Thomas, Real Property Agent

City of Stockton
Economic Development Department

Disclaimer: Although this project has been funded wholly or in part by the EPA, the contents of this material does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA.