A brownfields site and a brownfields area are two separate things.
A brownfield area is a consciously designated portion of property that includes several sites, which may or may not have contamination, to access redevelopment incentives.
Properties within the brownfield area designation have access to a wide range of economic development incentives for redevelopment ─ financial, regulatory, and technical assistance. The intent is to improve the utilization, general condition, and appearance of the sites. According to the state statute 376.84, governments are encouraged to offer redevelopment incentives as an ongoing public investment in infrastructure and services and to promote creation of jobs in these areas.
Some examples of incentives include tax increment financing, impact fees waivers, funding toward parking lots, site design assistance, and more. Other specialized incentives include tax exemption for historic properties, minority business enterprise programs, and Community Development Block Grants. A full list of economic redevelopment incentives can be found at the Florida State Statue: Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine (state.fl.us) 376.84.
Current redevelopment areas in Groveland include the GROVE Redevelopment Area, which overlaps the city’s CRA Boundary. Future redevelopment areas include the Milestone Redevelopment Area and the South Lake Regional Park Redevelopment Area. The first reading is scheduled for February 5, 2024; the second reading is scheduled for February 20, 2024. Both meetings will take place at 7:00 P.M. at the E.L. Puryear Building (243 S. Lake Avenue, Groveland, FL 34736).
Grants and other financial incentives are available for the assessment of sites, clean-up of site and to encourage the redevelopment of sites.
Assessments Grants for Phase I and Phase II assessments are available for parcels in Brownfield Areas. The Assessments are to identify if the site is polluted and what type of potential remedial actions are needed.
Clean-up Grants are available for sites that have entered into a Brownfield Site Remediation Agreement (BSRA) with FDEP to clean up the site. This would occur after a Phase I and Phase II assessment.
Redevelopment Grants are available for sites that have entered into a Brownfield Site Remediation Agreement (BSRA) with FDEP to clean up the site AND redevelop the site. This would occur after Phase I and Phase II and CLEANUP.