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The U.S. EPA defines brownfields as abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial sites where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

The City of Fort Wayne has grant opportunities dedicated to addressing brownfields in the community. For more information, click on the links below or contact Lindsey Maksim at 427-2792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



brownfield beforeBefore – Former McMahon Tire brownfield afterAfter – Starbucks

Informational Video:
The former Canton Laundry received both an EPA and CEDIT grant.  It is also a historic site owned by ARCH.  Learn more about this site and the brownfield grant programs here:  public access TV program

CEDIT Brownfield Grants (Brownfield Assessment Grant and Brownfield Remediation Grant)
The CEDIT Brownfield Grants include both assessments (environmental testing) and remediation (clean-up of contamination). Grants for assessments reimburse eighty percent (80%) of all costs for any environmental assessments, not to exceed a total of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000). Such assessments include, but are not limited to, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Further Site Investigations (FSIs), and Asbestos Surveys.

Remediation grants reimburse one-hundred percent (100%) of all costs for remediation work, not to exceed a total of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000). The total amount of City brownfield grant funds that may be allocated to a particular project shall not exceed a total of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).

Applications are accepted year-around. Approval is dependent upon program funding and the criteria in the grant regulations. Links to grant documents are below. 

Grant Regulations

Grant Application