Brownfields Funds Available for Eligible Sites in Framingham

Framingham’s Brownfields Redevelopment program looks to provide commercial property owners free environmental assessments for sites at risk of contamination.

Since 2008, the City of Framingham has been awarded four US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Brownfields Community Wide Assessment Grants totaling $1.1 million. The city’s current grant expires in September 2022 and has approximately $50,000 left for Phase 1 Assessments, also known as 21E reports. 

21E reports identify if the property is contaminated by releases of oil and/or hazardous material to the environment. These reports are often required for a property owner or buyer to unlock financing, close a sale or investment. Some properties where there is a suspicion of petroleum contamination include car repair locations, storage areas, former gas stations and adjacent properties, and sites with underground oil tanks.

The US EPA defines a Brownfield site as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

Some sites in Framingham where Brownfields assessments led to successful remediation efforts include: 

  • 68 South Street – 16 units of housing built in 2019 after remediation.
  • Cochituate Rail Trail – Framingham portion (1.2 miles) of this recreation area opened in 2015 after remediation.
  • Pratt Street Community Gardens – community gardens opened on Framingham’s southside in an environmental justice neighborhood post-remediation.

This federal funding for redevelopment of Brownfield sites supports Framingham's continued efforts to stimulate and promote economic development, restore neighborhoods, increase local job and revenue opportunities, rehabilitate contaminated properties to productive use, and improve the quality of life for residents.

Site eligibility is based on a number of factors, and we encourage you to talk with our Brownfields team if you think your property qualifies for receiving funds.
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