Frequently Asked Questions
Does the city of Phoenix maintain a listing or inventory of brownfield sites?
The City of Phoenix does not have a listing of brownfields sites. The city owns only a few brownfield sites, which are former landfills. Primarily, brownfields in Phoenix are privately owned. Phoenix has attempted to develop an inventory in certain targeted areas; however, response has been minimal. Assistance in locating sites is provided by working with prospective purchasers and real estate professionals to evaluate site options.
Is there a maximum amount of grant funding that I can receive for my brownfield project from the city's brownfields program?
There is no set maximum amount. The amount awarded to one project is dependent upon: 1) the amount available in the fiscal year that the request was received, 2) the applicant’s ability to adequately demonstrate need, and 3) the amount available in consideration of all other applications received.
Please note that funding is not currently available from the city's brownfields program due to changes in economic conditions that affected the Phoenix 2006 Capital Improvement Bond Program, municipal grants for brownfield projects are not available for qualifying projects until Fiscal Year 2022-2023. Approximately $2.5 million remains available. In the interim, the program will continue to provide technical assistance, including providing a single point of contact to access city services, streamline development process, liaison with other government agencies, and gain access to other potential funding sources.
What can I use the grant money for?
The money can be used for construction of public infrastructure improvements, such as construction of water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, landscaping in public right-of-ways, for city of Phoenix plan review costs and permit fees, and for remediation in areas where public infrastructure is being built.
When do I get the grant money?
The funds are reimbursed upon completion of a milestone, which could include, but is not limited to, receipt of a Certificate of Occupancy, completion of a construction item for which the funds were awarded, completion of a phase of a project, or other milestones as agreed upon in the Brownfields Development Agreement. A Brownfields Development Agreement is executed between the city of Phoenix and the grant recipient which details the amount, terms, conditions, schedule, etc. for disbursement of grant funds.
Can I use the grant money for cleanup of a residential property?
Brownfields grant funds cannot be used for removal of trash and debris on a residential property or for removal of asbestos in the home. If a residential property contains soil and/or groundwater contamination and is being purchased for the redevelopment of a commercial purpose or part of a larger commercial or residential project, it may be possible to use brownfields grant funds. Decision on this type of project would be made on a case-by-case basis.
How do I know if my site is a brownfield?
You have discovered the presence of hazardous substances or materials in the soil or groundwater at the site through environmental investigations conducted by qualified professionals and the cost of mitigation of the environmental conditions increases the cost of redevelopment or causes you to reconsider redevelopment of the site. If you have not yet conducted investigations; however, there is historical evidence that previous uses/operations on the site may have resulted in an environmental impact to the site; your property could be a brownfield.