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In April of 2014, Coos County Public Health was awarded a small grant to bring together stakeholders to 1) Learn the intricacies of Brownfield redevelopment; 2) Build links between stakeholders; 3) Learn why CCPH is involved, and which public health issues are most pressing in Coos County; and 4) Identify and prioritize potential Brownfield projects. See Link for the final report: Brownfield Final Report

What is a Brownfield?

The term "Brownfield" is used to describe properties with contamination concerns that are idled, underused, or abandoned. They are sometimes perceived as environmental contamination which complicates its expansion or redevelopment. Common examples in Oregon include former gas stations, auto repair shops, dry cleaners, landfills, and mill sites. Brownfield properties are located throughout Oregon.

Why care about Brownfields?

Contaminated property may pose health and safety risks to the surrounding community. Even the mere perception of site contamination can affect the neighborhood by lowering property values.

What is the benefit of redeveloping Brownfields?

    It helps remove blight
    It provides needed services, such as housing, playing fields, parks, industrial and commercial development.
    It helps reduce sprawl

Examples of Brownfields work in Coos County:

    Bay Area Boardwalks
    The Mill Casino
    Fred Meyer Gas Station
    
    
                    


Examples of Brownfields ideas discussed during the 2014 meetings:

    Extend and connect the waterfront boardwalks
    Create more community gardens
    Create more community parks
    Clean up of contaminated clamming beds
    Highway 101 beautification

Share with friends and neighbors any ideas you have to use property that is wasting away to enhance the community.  Be ready to share it when you hear about the next local brownfields discussion. You may have the perfect idea!   

                                                            

For additional information on Brownfield See Links below:

http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/cu/brownfields/
http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/Brownfields/Pages/index.aspx
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/