Brownfields Redevelopment

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the City of Framingham with funds to assist property owners investigate environmental conditions on qualifying sites in Framingham which are being considered for redevelopment.

EPA announced in June 2017, that Framingham was 1 of 172 grants selected in the nation for Brownfield's funding! This $300,000 grant will run through September 2020.  

This new grant funding will continue the work of our Southeast Framingham Brownfield Plan. We will also continue with conducting environmental testing across the City. If you are aware of a property that could benefit from this, please click the "Assessment Application" button on the left!    

Read the 2012 Grant Close-out Report.  

Though this project has been funded wholly or in part, by EPA, the contents of this webpage do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA. 

What is a brownfield site?

The EPA defines a brownfield site as "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". The full legal context for the Brownfields Grants can be found at the EPA website.
McAuliffe Branch Library Conceptual Rendering

The new McAuliffe Branch Library under went environmental testing before the building was constructed to ensure there were no environmental risks associated with contamination.

Brownfields Assessment Program

The goal of the City's Brownfields Assessment Program is to help property owners minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields. Funds are intended to kick-start a redevelopment process that ultimately results in new development with the goals of stabilizing neighborhoods, adding jobs and homes, and increasing the City's tax base.

Program Objectives

  • Assist developers/property owners with due diligence measures and estimates of liabilities
  • Engage community members regarding economic development priorities
  • Improve the quality of life for residents
  • Increase local job opportunities and tax revenue
  • Restore existing neighborhoods and commercial corridors
  • Return blighted and contaminated properties to productive use
  • Stimulate and promote economic development
Morton Street Lot

Is my property eligible?

Site eligibility is based on a number of factors and we encourage you to talk with our Brownfields team about your property.  Factors used to determine eligibility include:

  • Is there a plan for business growth or other redevelopment?
  • Is/has the property currently/previously regulated by MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)?
  • What is the ownership status?
  • What is the history of uses on the site and surrounding properties?
For more information about site eligibility, please refer to the Assessment Application page.
  1. In The Media
  2. Presentations
  3. Prior Grants
2017, June 13 (MetroWest Daily News) Framingham:Town wins $300K from EPA to assess 'Brownfields'

2012, August 9 (MetroWest Daily News) Officials say Brownfields Grant will help Framingham

2012, August 8 (Boston Business Journal) Framingham gets $400k to assess Brownfields

2012, May 26 (MetroWest Daily News) Grant may give boost to Town

2010, October 19 (MetroWest Daily News) Framingham applying for Brownfields Grants

2009, May 12 (MetroWest Daily News) Framingham receives $200k Brownfields Grant

2008, July 13 (Boston Globe) Targeting Tainted Ground

Cochituate Rail Trail

Cochituate Rail Trail- Paved Road

Pratt Street Community Garden

Vegetable Grove
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