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Brownfields success stories

Communities all across Wisconsin have successfully investigated, cleaned up and redeveloped many of their contaminated properties. Better yet, many of these redevelopment projects resulted in uses which make their communities a better place to be. We've highlighted some of the most interesting projects from our partnerships with local governments and private parties to showcase the eye-opening transformations that can happen when we work together to clean up Wisconsin brownfield sites.

Feature video

Watch partnerships in action as the village of Potosi and the Colectivo coffee company work with the DNR and other state agencies to clean up and revitalize two brownfield properties. To see more ways DNR is working with businesses and communities to redevelop brownfields, check out the DNR YouTube channel.


Stories: A-Z

We currently have just over 100 brownfields success stories. Search for them alphabetically by name here.

  1. 128th Military Refueling Wing – Milwaukee
  2. 3M Sponge Plant – Prairie du Chien
  3. Alterra Coffee – Milwaukee
  4. Amery Fire Station – Amery
  5. Ampco Foundry – West Milwauke
  6. Amtrak Railroad Station – Milwaukee
  7. Ashland Precision Products – Ashland
  8. Autozone – Milwaukee
  9. Badger Garage – Three Lakes
  10. Bayshore Town Center – Glendale
  11. Bliffert's Lumber & Fuel Company – Milwaukee
  12. Borg Instruments – Delavan
  13. C.A. Lawton – De Pere
  14. Camp Marina – Sheboygan
  15. Candlewood Suites – La Crosse
  16. Central Railyard – Ashland
  17. CenturyTel – La Crosse
  18. Charter Films – Superior
  19. Chico's Super Service – Green Bay
  20. City Services Center – Baraboo
  21. Chiquita Processed Foods – Sun Prairie
  22. Deforest Parks Automotive – DeForest
  23. Delton Family Medical Center – Wisconsin Dells
  24. Doberstein Lumber & Fence – Medford
  25. Druml Concrete – Menomonee Falls
  26. Edgerton Motor Company – Edgerton
  27. Feiler Property – Adams Co.
  28. Former Metalfab Facility – Columbus
  29. Former Milwaukee Road Shops – Milwaukee
  30. Former Royster-Clark Plant - Madison
  31. Green Energy Brownfields
  32. Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee
  33. Hawthorn Mellody – Whitewater
  34. Incryo and Babcock & Wilcox – West Milwaukee
  35. Kane Place Lofts – Milwaukee
  36. Kenosha Harbor Park – Kenosha
  37. Kettle Lakes Cooperative – Plumouth
  38. La Crosse Xcel Trail – La Crosse
  39. Lipman Gifts – Crandon
  40. Manpower Corporate Headquarters – Milwaukee
  41. Marathon Rubber – Wausau
  42. Marashfield Depot – Marshfield
  43. Marshfield Oil Bulk Plant – Marshfield
  44. Menomonee Valley Stormwater Park – Milwaukee
  45. Middleton Redevelopment – Middleton
  46. Mobile Blasting – West Milwaukee
  47. Mondo Brothers Inc. – Milwaukee
  48. Murray Machinery, Inc. – Wausau
  49. National Auto Salvage – Onalaska
  50. Neillsville Foundry – Neillsville
  51. North Barstow Redevelopment – Eau Claire
  52. North Point Lighthouse – Milwaukee
  53. Northend Salvage – Superior
  54. Obsession Boats – Shawano
  55. Old Ironsides – Ashford
  56. Osceola Creek – Osceola
  57. Our House Senior Living – Richland Center
  58. Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative – Wauwautosa
  59. Neenah Downtown Redevelopment - Neenah
  60. Platteville Police Department - Platteville
  61. Potosi Brewery – Potosi
  62. Quality Wood – Prairie du Chien
  63. Radford Village – Oshkosh
  64. Rapid Service Bulk Plant – River Falls
  65. Refuse Hideaway – Town of Middleton
  66. Richard I. Bong WWII Heritage Center – Superior
  67. River Bluff Townhomes - West Bend
  68. Riverside Park/Leach Amphitheater – Oshkosh
  69. Riverview Hospital Expansion – Wisconsin Rapids
  70. Rockline, Inc. – Sheboygan
  71. Rueping Leather – Fond du Lac
  72. Save-a-Lot Foods – Green Bay
  73. Seven Mile Creek Park – Lamartine
  74. Sheboygan Harbor Centre – Sheboygan
  75. Shields Creamery – Shields
  76. The Shores Redevelopment – Glendale
  77. Shorewood Hills Redevelopment – Madison
  78. Sigma Environmental – Milwaukee
  79. Speed Queen – Omro
  80. St. Brendan's Inn – Green Bay
  81. Stokely Canning – Waunakee
  82. Summit Place – West Allis
  83. Thorson Residence – Merrill
  84. Town of Madison Redevelopment – Madison
  85. Tractor Lot East – La Crosse
  86. Tri-Par – Cedarburg
  87. Trolley Square – Appleton
  88. Trostel Tannery – Milwaukee
  89. Tundra Lodge – Green Bay
  90. Uptown Commons – Chilton
  91. U.S. Castings – Ladysmith
  92. UWM Cambridge Commons Residence Hall – Milwaukee
  93. UWM Riverview Residence Hall – Milwaukee
  94. Veterans Memorial Park – Seymour
  95. Viroqua Food Cooperative – Viroqua
  96. Walco Transport – Superior
  97. Wausau Energy Bulk Plant – Wausau
  98. We Energies North Service Center – Glendale
  99. Whole Foods/Columbia St. Mary's – Milwaukee
  100. Wisconsin Clock Factory – Clintonville

Before

Brownfields projects come in all shapes and sizes. Search here to find success stories based on their pre-cleanup land use.

Automotive (e.g., service stations, salvage yards, auto dealerships)
Commercial properties (e.g., retail businesses, healthcare, dry cleaners)
Industrial/agricultural properties (e.g., manufacturing plants, dairies, bulk oil plants, railroad sites)
Landfills
Miscellaneous

After

You probably have visited a brownfield redevelopment project and didn't even know it! Search here to find success stories based on their post-cleanup use.

Commercial properties (e.g., banks, retail, healthcare, office space)
Community spaces (e.g., government buildings, farmer's markets, outdoor fun)
Green spaces (e.g., parks, trails)
Industrial properties (e.g., manufacturing, printing, electronics)
Residential (e.g., apartments, condos, single-family housing, senior housing)
Tourism
Miscellaneous

Financial assistance

Sometimes it takes a financial incentive to make a brownfield cleanup a reality. State and federal agencies, including DNR, have offered a variety of grant, loan, tax, and liability clarification programs to spark cleanup and redevelopment. Search here to find success stories filtered by assistance program.

Brownfield Site Assessment Grant (DNR)
DNR Voluntary Party Liability Exemption
State-funded cleanup (DNR)
Blight Elimination and Brownfields Redevelopment grants (WEDC)
Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award
Federal brownfield grants (EPA)
Ready for Reuse Loan and Grant Program

Location

Contamination can happen anywhere, so cleanup and redevelopment projects are common all across Wisconsin. Search here to find success stories filtered by county.

Adams County (WCR)
Ashland County (NOR)
Brown County (NER)
Calumet County (NER)
Clark County (WCR)
Columbia County (SCR)
Crawford County (WCR)
Dane County (SCR)
Douglas County (NOR)
Eau Claire County (WCR)
Fond du Lac County (NER)
Forest County (NOR)
Grant County (SCR)
Kenosha County (SER)
La Crosse County (WCR)
Lincoln County (NOR)
Marathon County (WCR)
Milwaukee County (SER)
Marquette County (NER)
Oneida County (NOR)
Outagamie County (NER)
Ozaukee County (SER)
Pierce County (WCR)
Polk County (NOR)
Richland County (SCR)
Rock County (SCR)
Rusk County (NOR)
Sauk County (SCR)
Shawano County (NER)
Sheboygan County (NER)
Taylor County (NOR)
Vernon County (WCR)
Walworth County (SCR)
Washington County (SER)
Waukesha County (SER)
Waupaca County (NER)
Winnebago County (NER)
Wood County (WCR)
Waterfront redevelopments
Last revised: Tuesday January 03 2017