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Project Response Team Site Visits

For communities that participate in the Brownfields Project Marketplace and want additional assistance for their brownfields efforts, a team comprised of CDFA staff and technical assistance partners will conduct site visits to a limited number of communities each year. During each visit, the Project Response Team will meet with stakeholders, tour the redevelopment site, and provide financing recommendations. Upon completion of the Project Response Team visit, each community receives a report summarizing actionable financing recommendations specific to the redevelopment of the project.

In order to be eligible for a CDFA Brownfields Project Response Team, communities must participate in a CDFA Brownfields Project Marketplace and be selected through an application submission process.

Project Response Team RFP

CDFA requests proposals from finance firms and individuals with development finance expertise to assist selected communities with brownfields redevelopment financing. Technical Assistance Providers selected through this RFP will have a unique opportunity to showcase their redevelopment finance expertise for communities and brownfields stakeholders nationwide. To submit your interest in serving on a Project Response Team, download the RFP and submit to CDFA for consideration:

>>> Download the Project Response Team RFP


View our previous site visits:




Bend, Oregon

May 2017



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Burlington, Vermont

May 2017



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Springfield (Vertical Innovations), Missouri

April 2017

Vertical Innovations is an urban farming startup that has plans to adaptively re-use abandoned grain silos for vertical farming purposes. Leasing the silos from Missouri State University in Downtown Springfield, Vertical Innovations plans to transform these blighted structures that have sat unused since 2000. After completion of the pilot phase Vertical Innovations plans to produce 3000 pounds of lettuce daily.

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New Orleans (Viet Village), Louisiana

April 2017

Viet Village is a diverse community made up of predominately Vietnamese-American residents, much effort has been made post hurricane Katrina to rebuild and expand their community. After acquiring a vacant lot of 6.5 acres Viet Village's plans for the site include expansion of an urban farm, multi-use commercial space, and affordable senior housing. Prior to hurricane Katrina, the land housed a small resort style hotel, and before that, a gas station.

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Lee, Massachusetts

July 2016

The Eagle Mill sits on 9 acres with a historic building occupying just over 100,000 square feet. Redevelopment plans include a boutique hotel (50,000 square feet) that would be located in a portion of the historic building that will be preserved, office/retail (50,000 square feet) to be located in a new building following demolition of a portion of the existing structure, and a separate building with approximately 60 units of housing, 80% of which will be affordable units.

>>> View the Report




Bedford Heights, Ohio

April 2016

The former Metaldyne-Lester Precision Die Casting facility sits on a 4.3 acre property just east of the I-271 exit to Bedford Heights, and to the south end of the city’s major industrial areas. The building was constructed in several phases during the 1950s-1970s. Metaldyne produced automotive parts for cars and utilized a cooling system that contained polychlorinated biphynels, or PCBs. Our Project Response Team traveled to Bedford Heights to work with city officials to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the site. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report




Englewood, Illinois

April 2016

At the corner of 74th and Ashland Avenue in Englewood, Illinois sits several single story manufacturing buildings, previously owned and operated by Blackhawk Steel Corporation. The buildings date back to the 1930’s when they were used for metal manufacturing and the assembly of construction cranes. Our Project Response Team traveled to Englewood to work with Motivation Property Management to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the site into a railway training facility. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report




New Bern, North Carolina

February 2016

Trent Court is one of two public housing sites that sit in the Greater Five Points Area, a collection of neighborhoods clustered around the commercial area where Broad, Queen and Pollock Streets converge. Considered the “gateway” to downtown, Greater Five Points is located directly west of New Bern’s historic core. The area has experienced severe disinvestment, vacancy and blight since the 1950’s. Our Project Response Team traveled to New Bern, North Carolina to work with city officials and local stakeholders to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the Greater Five Points area. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings. 

>>> View the Report




Longmont, Colorado

December 2015

The Granary site includes two buildings, one of which is a 17,000 square foot, three story building that was constructed in 1912 and originally used to store and distribute grain for Schlitz Brewing. The other building is a 3,000 square foot, one story building from the same era, which was at one time used as a laboratory to test for bacteria in the turkey processing operations. Our Project Response Team traveled to Longmont, Colorado to work with city officials and local stakeholders to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the Granary site. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report




Josephine County, Oregon

September 2015

The Dimmick Campus is made up of 6.3 acres of county-owned property located in a residential area in the City of Grants Pass, Oregon. Since 1919, the Campus has had a history of medical and institutional uses. There are several existing buildings, parking areas, and parcels located on the Campus. Our Project Response Team traveled to Josephine County, Oregon to work with city officials and local stakeholders to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the Dimmick Campus. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report




Kalispell, Montana

August 2015

Kalispell’s Core Area Plan calls for the relocation of the rail tracks that run through the center of Kalispell and redevelopment of the surrounding land, which includes 44 acres of dispersed, vacant, blighted, and brownfield property. Our Project Response Team traveled to Kalispell, Montana to work with city officials and local stakeholders to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the Kalispell Core Area. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report




Tulsa, Oklahoma

August 2015

Built in 1911 and expanded extensively over the next 27 years, the Evans building was once the largest manufacturing facility in Tulsa.The Evans-Fintube site was originally part of a larger, 30-acre site that was acquired by Oklahoma Iron Works in 1911 and became home to the Bethlehem Supply Company in late 1938. Our Project Response Team traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to work with city officials and local stakeholders to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the Evans/Fintube site. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report




Texarkana, Texas

May 2015

Built in 1925, the Grim Hotel located at 301 North Stateline Ave is a downtown landmark in Texarkana. The building was designed by architects George Mann and Eugene Stern and named after William Rhodes Grim, a prominent businessman in Texarkana. Our Project Response Team traveled to Texarkana, Texas to work with city officials and local stakeholders to investigate financial opportunities to redevelop the Grim Hotel site and place it back into productive use. Below is a set of written recommendations based on their findings.

>>> View the Report



Disclaimer: This publication was developed under Assistance Agreement No. TR-83576801-0 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of Council of Development Finance Agencies and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication.