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Site Clean-up and Remediation

Do you know of a commercial or industrial property that could use a little TLC? We can help! The only thing keeping many underutilized properties from being prime business sites are a little environmental clean-up, market attention, and/or financial assistance.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC has been working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to assist in the creation of a comprehensive inventory of available “Brownfield” properties. A Brownfield is defined by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial or commercial facility where expansion is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.” Under our agreement with DEP, we are actively seeking to identify and database site information on underutilized sites located in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties.

We are asking for your assistance in identifying any sites in this region that you believe to be abandoned or underutilized. Incomplete or speculative submissions are welcome given that we will gather all necessary information and communicate with the current owner to determine whether or not they are interested in submitting their property to DEP for consideration.

The benefits to an owner of a property participating in this program are many. Brownfield sites that are posted on the DEP’s website and will be accessible to developers, individuals, and organizations who are looking for available properties for redevelopment. Brownfield site developers are eligible to apply for financial assistance in the form of grants, low-interest loans, and Federal tax credits. Depending on their location, many Brownfields may be within the Technology Corridor Enterprise Zone, which allows for further redevelopment incentives including low-interest loans, state tax credits, and a more easily attainable remediation standard.

Our Environmental Committee’s focus is to help facilitate the redevelopment of local Brownfield sites. The committee is comprised of environmental, legal, and engineering professionals that are willing to answer any technical questions on an individual basis. Long-term benefits of Brownfield Site reuse for this region include:

  • Ensuring a cleaner environment in communities where sites exist
  • Revitalizing communities where infrastructure and workforce already exist
  • Improving tax base and stability of surrounding communities
  • Slowing suburban sprawl and saving tax dollars spent creating new infrastructure

If you would like further information or if you know of any sites within Cumberland, Dauphin, or Perry counties that may be a Brownfield, please contact Shaun Donovan at (717) 213-5033, or email sdonovan@hbgrc.org. Any additional information you can obtain about the site (current owner, address, listing realtor, site history) is greatly appreciated.

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