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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 the DNR is working with businesses and communities to redevelop brownfields, check out the DNR YouTube channel.


Stories: A-Z

We currently have 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. Candlewood Suites – La Crosse
  15. Central Railyard – Ashland
  16. CenturyTel – La Crosse
  17. Charter Films – Superior
  18. Chico's Super Service – Green Bay
  19. City Services Center – Baraboo
  20. Chiquita Processed Foods – Sun Prairie
  21. Deforest Parks Automotive – DeForest
  22. Delton Family Medical Center – Wisconsin Dells
  23. Doberstein Lumber & Fence – Medford
  24. Druml Concrete – Menomonee Falls
  25. Edgerton Motor Company – Edgerton
  26. Feiler Property – Adams Co.
  27. Former Metalfab Facility – Columbus
  28. Former Milwaukee Road Shops – Milwaukee
  29. Former Royster-Clark Plant - Madison
  30. Green Energy Brownfields
  31. Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee
  32. Hawthorn Mellody – Whitewater
  33. Incryo and Babcock & Wilcox – West Milwaukee
  34. Kane Place Lofts – Milwaukee
  35. Kenosha Harbor Park – Kenosha
  36. Kettle Lakes Cooperative – Plumouth
  37. La Crosse Xcel Trail – La Crosse
  38. Lipman Gifts – Crandon
  39. Manpower Corporate Headquarters – Milwaukee
  40. Marathon Rubber – Wausau
  41. Marashfield Depot – Marshfield
  42. Marshfield Oil Bulk Plant – Marshfield
  43. Menomonee Valley Stormwater Park – Milwaukee
  44. Middleton Redevelopment – Middleton
  45. Mobile Blasting – West Milwaukee
  46. Mondo Brothers Inc. – Milwaukee
  47. Murray Machinery, Inc. – Wausau
  48. National Auto Salvage – Onalaska
  49. Neillsville Foundry – Neillsville
  50. North Barstow Redevelopment – Eau Claire
  51. North Point Lighthouse – Milwaukee
  52. Northend Salvage – Superior
  53. Obsession Boats – Shawano
  54. Old Ironsides – Ashford
  55. Osceola Creek – Osceola
  56. Our House Senior Living – Richland Center
  57. Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative – Wauwautosa
  58. Neenah Downtown Redevelopment - Neenah
  59. Platteville Police Department - Platteville
  60. Potosi Brewery – Potosi
  61. Quality Wood – Prairie du Chien
  62. Radford Village – Oshkosh
  63. Rapid Service Bulk Plant – River Falls
  64. Refuse Hideaway – Town of Middleton
  65. Richard I. Bong WWII Heritage Center – Superior
  66. River Bluff Townhomes - West Bend
  67. Riverside Park/Leach Amphitheater – Oshkosh
  68. Riverview Hospital Expansion – Wisconsin Rapids
  69. Rockline, Inc. – Sheboygan
  70. Rueping Leather – Fond du Lac
  71. Save-a-Lot Foods – Green Bay
  72. Seven Mile Creek Park – Lamartine
  73. Sheboygan Harbor Centre – Sheboygan
  74. Shields Creamery – Shields
  75. The Shores Redevelopment – Glendale
  76. Shorewood Hills Redevelopment – Madison
  77. Sigma Environmental – Milwaukee
  78. Speed Queen – Omro
  79. St. Brendan's Inn – Green Bay
  80. Stokely Canning – Waunakee
  81. Summit Place – West Allis
  82. Thorson Residence – Merrill
  83. Town of Madison Redevelopment – Madison
  84. Tractor Lot East – La Crosse
  85. Tri-Par – Cedarburg
  86. Trolley Square – Appleton
  87. Trostel Tannery – Milwaukee
  88. Tundra Lodge – Green Bay
  89. Uptown Commons – Chilton
  90. U.S. Castings – Ladysmith
  91. UWM Cambridge Commons Residence Hall – Milwaukee
  92. UWM Riverview Residence Hall – Milwaukee
  93. Veterans Memorial Park – Seymour
  94. Viroqua Food Cooperative – Viroqua
  95. Walco Transport – Superior
  96. Wausau Energy Bulk Plant – Wausau
  97. We Energies North Service Center – Glendale
  98. Whole Foods/Columbia St. Mary's – Milwaukee
  99. 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: Monday October 09 2017