Brownfields Program & Opportunity Zone

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Brownfields Program

The City of Bowling Green started a Brownfields Program to encourage the redevelopment of former commercial and industrial properties, which are blighted and contribute to economic disinvestment in our neighborhoods. It is perceived that some of these properties may be potentially contaminated with hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. To foster the redevelopment of these properties, the City utilizes grant funds to provide free assessments to property owners. The City’s goal for the Brownfields Program is to improve economic opportunity in our neighborhoods, creating an environment for new businesses, affordable housing, and green space.

Program Mission

To redevelop distressed properties and promote revitalization of underserved neighborhoods in Bowling Green through the identification and assessment of brownfield sites, and by collaborating with community stakeholders to design cleanup and redevelopment strategies.

  • Create quality workforce housing
  • Support economic development and job creation opportunities
  • Promote healthy neighborhoods

Program Capabilities

Through key partnerships and federal funding, the BRP is able to offer developers and community stakeholders the following services to support redevelopment efforts:

  • Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Cleanup Planning
  • Area-wide Planning
  • Project Financing Strategies
  • Grant Support for Leveraging other Funding Sources
  • Technical Assistance
  • Education and Regulatory Guidance
  • Community Engagement
The City is prioritizing this program in the Bowling Green Reinvestment Area (see map below), with a special emphasis in the West End Neighborhoods. While priority will be given to these areas, the program is available to property owners city-wide.

Bowling Green Reinvestment Area (Map)

Opportunity Zone

In 2018, the Census Tract 102 in Bowling Green was certified by the U.S. Treasury as an Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are low-income, distressed and contiguous districts where investors can receive significant federal tax breaks and deferrals for investing in a variety of economic development projects.

Below is a map of the Opportunity Zone in Bowling Green:

Bowling Green Opportunity Zone (Map)

For more information on Opportunity Zones, view our Opportunity Zones: Fact Sheet.


Why should you invest in Bowling Green's Opportunity Zone? Check out the Bowling Green Opportunity Zone: Prospectus for more information:

Bowling Green Opportunity Zone (Prospectus)

Though this project has been funded, wholly or in part, by EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and polices of EPA.

Contact Us (Brownfields)

Nick Cook
Grants Coordinator
City of Bowling Green

Matt Powell
Environmental Manager
City of Bowling Green

Ric Federico
Senior Project Manager
EnSafe Inc.

Contact Us (Opportunity Zone)

Brent Childers
Director, Neighborhood & Community Services
City of Bowling Green

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