Brownfields Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA)

Brownfields Program
Brownfields Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA)

The Brownfield Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA) is now accepting applications from developers and municipalities to become part of an innovative program which brings unused or underutilized brownfields back into economic productivity.  

Brownfields are defined as property whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the release or threatened release of a hazardous material.  Selected sites will receive priority funding from the state, as well as coordinated and timely permitting.


 Applications are due on April 30, 2016 and project selection will be announced on or before May 29, 2016.

The Application and additional information about current BERA projects and the BERA program are available for viewing or downloading. 

Projects will be selected by a committee and ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Is the project considered to be high profile in the community?      
     
    Community need - property is in key location with contamination that stigmatizes and hinders redevelopment of an area on the community
    Community support - Subject of public meetings and town officials are on record supporting the project
    Is redevelopment of the site part of the regional/municipal plan?
     
  2. Is there a presence of (or potential prescence of ) complex contaminant issues?
  3. Have complex regulatory issues been identified?
  4. Will the project need multitude of funding resources for successful implementation? And, will the project yield positive benefits beyond clean-up that may include job creation or new housing?
  5. Are there a myriad of legal issues, that may include:

    Legal complications involving a past owner that are not resolved
    Involvement of multiple responsible parties
    Need for cost recovery assistance

  6. Has the property owner or potential purchase/developer expressed a need for assistance?

  7. Is there commitment at the local and regional level to engage in this redevelopment project?

  8. Is the project located in or near a designated downtown, village center or new town center? Or, will redevelopment lead to use of existing infratructure?

  9. To the extent practicable, please explain if the project will result in the re-use of an existing historic structure or will preserve historic characteristics of the property.

  10. The potential for the project to stimulate or promote environmmmmental, economic or clean energy goals that would provide benefit to the community and the state.


 Please email or mail the application to Trish Coppolino at patricia.coppolino@vermont.gov
Any questions should be directed to Trish Coppolino by email or phone (802.249.5822) or Sarah Bartlett (Sarah.Bartlett@vermont.gov) or 802.249.5641
 


Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

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