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Progress Report: Brownfield Rehabilitation Is Increasing; More Time Needed to Assess Program’s Impact, Report No. 04-18, February 2004
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The number of rehabilitated brownfield sites has increased from two to nine since 2002. Additionally, rehabilitation agreements signed with the department have increased from 14 to 48. However, only 65 acres in designated brownfield areas have been rehabilitated. More time is needed to assess the program’s impact since it may take several years to redevelop a brownfield site.

The department has taken action to address some of our recommendations for increasing the rehabilitation of brownfields. The department

  • developed a website that provides information on brownfield incentives and includes a database of brownfield sites throughout the state; and
  • improved coordination of brownfield activities among governmental entities.

The Legislature implemented our 2002 report’s recommendation to eliminate the requirement that businesses pay at least 80% of the average wage to receive brownfield incentives. We continue to recommend that the Legislature eliminate the statutory requirement that businesses must create a minimum of 10 new jobs, and increase the state guarantee on loans to brownfield developers from 10% to 50% or higher.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 02-08 Justification Review: Slow Progress Has Been Made in Cleaning Up and Redeveloping Contaminated Brownfield Sites, published in February 2002.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Waste Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-15 Over 600 Brownfield Acres Cleaned Up; Businesses Take Advantage of Program Incentives,published in April 2011.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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