Brownfield Redevelopment

About Brownfields

Turning Contaminated Sites Into New Development

Brownfield redevelopment allows our community to reclaim and improve its lands, making previously developed property viable for new development.  The City of Cincinnati is committed to taking a proactive approach in the redevelopment and revitalization of Cincinnati's brownfield properties.

What Is A Brownfield?

Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. These sites represent pockets of disinvestment, neglect and missed opportunities.  Brownfield sites are often found in poor communities and neighborhoods, areas that desperately need economic investment and job creation.


Brownfield Projects

MetroWest Commerce Park

The City of Cincinnati received a $3M Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) grant for the MetroWest Commerce Park to assist with the environmental remediation and building demolition costs. The project was ranked number 1 by the Clean Ohio Council out of 17 projects submitted state-wide. The property is approximately 18 acres in size and is located in Lower Price Hill, southwest of the intersection of Gest and Evans Streets. It includes portions of the former Queen City Barrel property.

American Can

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority was awarded a $750,000 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) grant from the State of Ohio for the American Can property located at 4101 Spring Grove Ave in Northside (now referred to as Factory Square). Remediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) flooring contamination was completed. The 5-story structure now boasts 90+ apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space. The former Myron Johnson Lumber Company was added to the Factory Square project and includes greenspace, office, retail, and townhouses surrounding the American Can building.

Queensgate South

The Queensgate South development site (formally known as the Deutch and Mose Cohen scrap yards) involved the clean-up of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The 17 acre-site is bordered to the west by Mehring Way, to the north by Freeman Avenue, to the east by Lynn Street, and to the South by Gest Street. Environmental remediation costs were funded by the State of Ohio under a $3M Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant awarded to the City of Cincinnati. The developer plans to construct light industrial/office-flex space and create 500 new jobs.

Center Hill Commerce Park (Center Hill Landfill)

The City received a Covenant Not To Sue from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) in 2008 for the Center Hill Commerce Park (otherwise known as the Center Hill Landfill), located on the corner of Center Hill Road and Este Avenue. The Remedial Action Plan and Operation & Maintenance Plan were approved by OEPA. Development plans are ongoing.

Oakley North Redevelopment

The City received a $3 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant application in January 2011 for the 66-acre Oakley North Redevelopment project, located off Madison Road and bounded by Forrer Street, Marburg Avenue, and Disney Street. This property has been used for industrial purposes since the early 1900s. Remediation of contaminated soil is ongoing. The planned end use is a mix of residential, commercial, and retail that will result in jobs, income tax revenues, and increased property tax revenues.

Providence North (Samuel Adams Brewing Company)

The City of Cincinnati was awarded a $282,228 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) grant for Phase II environmental assessment work for the Providence North (Samuel Adams Brewing Company) project in the West End. In May 2010 the City was awarded a $3 million Clean Ohio grant for soil and groundwater remediation needed to ready this site for Sam Adams’ expansion. A smaller portion of the grant will be used for acquisition, asbestos abatement, and building demolition.

Kahn’s/Sara Lee

In May 2010 Hamilton County and the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority were awarded a $3 million Clean Ohio grant for the remediation and demolition at the former 17-acre Kahn’s/Sara Lee site located in Camp Washington. The City of Cincinnati is playing a critical role in moving this project forward through its commitment to fund $400,000 worth of demolition costs. The best use of the site is believed to be light industrial/manufacturing development.


On November 20, 2009 the Clean Ohio Council awarded the City of Cincinnati a $3 million Clean Ohio Revitalization (CORF) grant to cover costs for soil and groundwater remediation and demolition activities. The 29-acre property was formerly used by NuTone and is located at the corner of Madison and Red Bank Roads in Madisonville. Medpace will reuse the property and will initially occupy at least 132,000 square feet of new Class A office and research laboratory space within the development area. Founded in 1992, Medpace is a contract research organization that provides research and drug development support to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Medpace has outgrown its current location in Norwood and will relocate and create over 1000 jobs here by the end of 2014.

Hudepohl Brewery

The old Hudepohl Brewery, located at 801 W. Sixth Street in Queensgate, has been used for manufacturing purposed (mostly as a brewery, but also as an ice cream factory during Prohibition) for approximately 150 years. The property has remained generally vacant since 1987. The City of Cincinnati was awarded a $100,400 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) grant, which was used to conduct a Phase II environmental assessment.