The Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program – operated by the New York State Department of State (DOS) – provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities and community-based organizations. Funding from the program can be used to complete revitalization plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites.
A brownfield is any real property in which the redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of contamination such as hazardous waste and/or petroleum. Such properties are often so heavily contaminated that the substantial cleanup and construction costs can outweigh the future value of the projects in some parts of the state.
New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides relevant technical assistance and advice to the Department of State and BOA grantees, particularly regarding site assessments on strategic brownfield sites in BOA study areas.
The BOA is designed to encourage private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership supports the program as an effective economic revitalization tool. The program’s many benefits for our region include:
- Job creation
- Clean up of the region from dangerous toxins
- Return of unusable land back to the tax rolls