City of Binghamton, New York

Brownfields Development Initiative

Brownfields Development Initiative

The City has prioritized turning blighted properties over to constructive use, and part of this effort involves redeveloping Binghamton's brownfield sites. The US Environmental Protection Agency defines a brownfield site as real property whose use may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, and several brownfields have been identified in Binghamton.

One important way in which the City is addressing brownfields in Binghamton is by leveraging state resources through the New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area Program.

Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program

The Brownfield Opportunity Area Program is a collaboration between the New York State Division of Coastal Resources and Department of Environmental Conservation.  The BOA Program is designed to assist communities in fostering redevelopment and returning underutilized land into productive and catalytic areas while restoring environmental quality.  The purpose of the BOA program is to establish a community based revitalization plan and implementation strategy to achieve brownfield redevelopment. 

The BOA program is composed of three steps: 

  • Step 1 - Pre-nomination Study
  • Step 2 - Nomination
  • Step 3 - Implementation Strategy.  

A summary of the BOA program can be found here.

Benefits of BOA Program

The BOA program provides benefits to both the community and property owners.  Benefits to the community include the establishment of a Community Vision and Strategy for Revitalization, defines future uses and potential businesses, improves environmental quality, and provides an inventory of sites.  The BOA also serves to foster partnerships with State agencies and will increase the competitiveness for other funding programs. Read more about the benefits of the BOA program by clicking here.

The City of Binghamton & BOA

Applications by the City of Binghamton and Broome County have resulted in over $650,000 in grant monies for brownfield development in the City of Binghamton. The grant monies are being used at three BOAs in the City of Binghamton (follow the links for more information):