City of Madison

City of Madison Engineering | Photo Credit: Archie Nicolette


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) defines brownfields as abandoned, idle or underused commercial or industrial properties, where the reuse or redevelopment may be hindered by real or perceived contamination.  Brownfields vary in size, location, age and past usage; they range from a closed corner gas station to a vacant industrial plant.  These properties present public health, economic, environmental and social challenges to the communities in which they are located. 

City of Madison Brownfields Assessment Program – 2019 to 2022

In September 2019, the City of Madison was awarded $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to inventory and investigate potential brownfield properties. While the grant can be used City-wide, the target area for the grant are neighborhoods adjacent to S. Park Street in South Madison. Town of Madison properties are also eligible. These grants help transform contaminated sites into community assets that create jobs, promote sustainable economic development, and improve public health and the environment.

The City has partnered with The Sigma Group, Inc. as its environmental consultant.  Sigma will provide technical expertise and assistance with grant administration.  If you have questions about the program or eligibility please contact Tom Otto for more information at 608.243.0178.


City of Madison Brownfields Assessment Program – 2012 to 2016

In 2012, the City received $400,000 from the USEPA to inventory and investigate potential brownfield properties.  The grant closed successfully in December 2016, and investigations on 14 sites were conducted using grant funds.

Please contact the following staff with questions about brownfield sites in the City of Madison:

  • Brynn Bemis, Engineering Division, 608.267.1986
  • Tom Otto, Office of Business Resources, 608.243.0178

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