Development frequently means redeveloping or re-purposing land and buildings in order to meet current market needs. Previously developed properties, especially commercial or industrial properties, may be affected by environmental contamination, outdated or rundown structures and other development constraints. The Lake Development Authority recognizes the need to invest in the redevelopment of these properties, known as “brownfields,” as a key part of furthering our local economy. LDA manages the county’s allocation of the State of Ohio’s Brownfield Remediation Program.
The first step in any brownfield redevelopment project is an environmental assessment. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment analyzes the history of a project site to determine what environmental risks may be present on the site. In some cases, a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, requiring sampling of soil and groundwater, may be required. The Lake Development Authority can provide funding and/or technical assistance to assist you in navigating the assessment process.