City of Racine's Brownfields Program


The City of Racine's brownfields program encourages investment into and rejuvenation of potentially contaminated properties, commonly referred to as "brownfields".

The brownfields program, along with the City's financial and community development assistance programs, aid in the redevelopment opportunities in the City.

For more information about the Brownfields Program in Racine contact Karen Frost of the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (a partner of the City of Racine) at 262-898-7444.   

What is a brownfield?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines brownfields as "abandoned, idled, or under-utilized industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination".

Brownfield sites are developed land, in comparison to unused suburban and rural land, referred to as "greenfield" sites.  In part due to the presence of existing infrastructure, cleaning up and reinvesting in brownfield sites improves and protects the environment and human health by taking development pressures off of undeveloped, open land.

How is the City involved?

The City's brownfield program is geared toward creating jobs and generating tax revenues through redevelopment of brownfield sites.  The City is prepared to assist you with:

  • Financial assistance
  • Locating brownfield sites

Is there any financial assistance?

The City provides financial resources for brownfields redevelopment through various grants and other programs.

Where are the brownfield sites?

The obvious brownfield sites in the City are those underutilized and abandoned properties that do not contribute to the community and in some cases are blighted and pose a threat to the individuals in the surrounding neighborhoods and to the environment.

The City's Comprehensive Plan designates primary redevelopment areas containing brownfield sites.  Among them include:

  • Racine Steel Casting (1400 block of N Memorial Drive)
  • Walker Manufacturing (1100 block of Michigan Boulevard)
  • Racine Street Corridor (South of South Side Industrial Park)
  • Horlick Malted Milk (2200 block of Northwestern Avenue)
  • Root River Corridor
  • Other sites, such as former gas stations and dry cleaners, are scattered throughout the City

Here is a map highlighting the primary brownfield redevelopment areas.

A listing of properties impacted by environmental contamination can be found here by map or by table.

City-owned industrial/commercial land for sale

Through the City's brownfield program, the City has acquired brownfields and has cleaned up or begun the cleanup of these sites with the goal of industrial/commercial end users acquiring these properties.

The current properties for sale include:

News and Announcements

City Receives $400,000  Grant

EPA announces the City of Racine is awarded a 2011 Site Assessment Grant, $400,000, to inventory, characterize, assess and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites.  Included in the grant award is an allotment for the creation of an area-wide plan for the Root River 




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