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Brownfield Redevelopment &
Industrial-Commercial Land Bank

216.664.2204 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - 601 Lakeside Ave., Room 210

Land development is an integral component of the City's overall economic development strategy. Land must be readily available and affordable throughout the City to attract new businesses and to help existing businesses meet their expansion needs.

To meet this demand, the Department of Economic Development manages a Brownfield Redevelopment Program, consisting of:

The goals of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program are to:

  • Identify sites that could be returned to productive re-use
  • Help developers and businesses determine costs associated with redeveloping a site
  • Maintain greenspace
  • Redevelop vacant properties that will create new revenues for public schools and public services
  • Re-use existing infrastructure instead of building new infrastructure
  • Protect City residents and the environment
  • Create and retain jobs
  • Encourage more sustainable regional development

Brownfield Assessment and Technical Assistance

216.664.2204 or 216.664.3627 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm

Through this program, the City provides services to eligible entities considering redeveloping commercial or industrial properties that have significant economic development potential but face environmental issues. -more

Industrial-Commercial Land Bank Sites

216.664.3627 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - 601 Lakeside Ave., Room 210

The Industrial-Commercial Land Bank was established in 2005 by the City as a proactive approach to reusing properties with serious real estate obstacles, such as environmental contamination and/or economic hardships. This land bank provides the opportunity for the City to strategically assemble properties to attract businesses and create long-term economic and community investments. -more

Vacant Property Initiative Fund

216.664.2406 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - 601 Lakeside, Room 210

These loans are designed to overcome barriers to the re-use of abandoned, idled or underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Eligible applicants include private developers and businesses, and non-profit CDC’s.  -more

Department of Economic Development
Tracey A. Nichols, Director
601 Lakeside Ave, Room 210
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2406
F: 216.664.3681
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Brownfield Redevelopment has numerous advantages

Mission Statement


To provide assistance to businesses expanding within or locating to the city of Cleveland including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance that will encourage investment in the community to enhance the lives of our citizens.

- Economic Development