Economic Development: Brownfields Program

Purpose of Funding

Facilitate redevelopment for troubled Brownfield properties in communities that cannot afford to perform the environmental assessments or cleanup required for redevelopment.

Communities can use funding for
  • Inventory and prioritizing Brownfield properties
  • Assessments (Phase I and Phase II ESAs)
  • Community planning and engagement
  • Redevelopment planning & cleanup plans
  • Execution of cleanup
Types of Contaminants Brownfields Funding Can Address
  • Petroleum products
  • Heavy metals
  • Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Brine
  • Asbestos
  • A site contaminated with controlled substances (e.g., a methamphetamine laboratory)
  • PCBs (except where EPA has initiated an action under TSCA)
Coalition Members & Target Areas/Sites
  • Scott County / Armstrong Property
  • Roane County/Roane State Highway
  • Morristown / Former Roy Widener Site
  • Rocky Top / Norris Freeway sites
Assessment Grant – Eligible Planning Activities

Planning activities to initiate brownfields revitalization:

  • Site Reuse Assessment
  • Land Use Assessment
  • Market Study
  • Infrastructure Evaluation
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Site Disposition Strategy
Uses for Assessment Grant Funding
  • Develop Brownfield Inventory, databases of brownfield properties, and site prioritization
  • Phase I / Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Community Outreach, including social media and public meetings
  • Redevelopment and Revitalization Planning and Cleanup Planning
  • Can be used on privately owned sites
Scott County – Armstrong Property

Previous parquet flooring manufacturing complex.  Collaboration to redevelop the 100-acre site

  • Scott County Industrial Development Board (IDB)
  • Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) Site Development Grant Program
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Brownfields and Remediation Divisions
Morristown – Roy Widener Property

City of Morristown wishes to redevelop long abandoned former trucking terminal

  • Multi-level 31-acre site
  • Located adjacent to Plumley property – also long dormant
  • Large portion located in flood plain


For more information, please contact Tim Hendrick at