Brownfields Success Stories

Photo of the Meriden Green park on the former HUB brownfield

Brownfields are a legacy of our past industrial ingenuity and key to Connecticut’s future.  Today the same Yankee ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit is helping Connecticut transform brownfields from burdens to significant assets to their communities, frequently making the communities healthier and more walkable.  Since brownfields are typically situated in areas with significant investments in existing infrastructure – including water, waste water, transportation, housing, and energy - brownfields redevelopment lessens development pressure on our precious open space.

Connecticut's innovative liability relief tools help manage the legal, financial, and liability risks associated with redeveloping brownfields.  From 2011 to 2016 Connecticut invested more than $173 million in grants and loans for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields in cities and towns across Connecticut.  Examples include:


Central Connecticut

Chestnut/Edwards Community Gardens, Hartford
Metro Center Shopping Center, Hartford
Goodwin College Riverfront Campus, East Hartford
former dry cleaner, New Britain
 - various sites including a New Britain site
The HUB, Meriden

Naugatuck Valley

Shelton Life: Brownfields Success in Shelton
Farmer's Market, Shelton
Brownfields Development and Local Agriculture
- various sites including a Shelton site
Naugatuck Valley Brownfields Pilot - various sites various towns in the Naugatuck Valley
Southend Greenhouses, Waterbury

Southwest Connecticut

Brownfields Pilot Assessment Project, various sites in Bridgeport
Bridgeport's Restored Gateway - various sites in Bridgeport
1558 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport
Seaview Industrial Park, Bridgeport
Brownfields to Greenspace
- various sites, including one in Bridgeport
Harley Davidson, Stamford

Southeast Connecticut

Fitch Avenue Property, New London
Occum Park, Norwich

Northwest Connecticut

American Mural Project, Winsted

New Haven Area

former Metropolitan Metal Finishing Co., Hamden

Keys to Success

PREPARED Municipal Workbook webpage

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Success Stories

Please note: some of the links within the EPA documents no longer work correctly.


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Last updated April 23, 2021