Brownfield Opportunity Areas


The Inc. Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) has been awarded a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Nomination Study Grant from the NYS Department of State (DOS) to develop community-based strategies to guide future planning for the revitalization of approximately 40 brownfield sites situated within the Village of Hempstead that cover approximately 180  acres in the downtown. AKRF Inc. are working with the Village to complete a Brownfield Opportunity Area Revitalization Report. 


​What is a Brownfield Opportunity Area?
New York State Department of State's Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program Overview

The Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program, under the New York State Department of State, provides
municipalities and community based organizations with assistance to complete area-wide planning approaches
to brownfield redevelopment. A “brownfield” or “brownfield site” is defined in New York State Environmental
Conservation Law Article 27, Title 14, as any real property, the redevelopment or reuse of which may be
complicated by the presence or potential presence of a contaminant.

The Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program enables municipalities and community based organizations to:

  • Address a range of problems posed by municipal brownfield sites;
  • Build consensus on the future uses for the area with an emphasis on strategic brownfield sites; and
  • Establish the multi-agency and private-sector partnerships necessary to leverage assistance and investments to revitalize neighborhoods and communities.


The BOA Program contains the following three (3) phases:

  1. Pre-Nomination Phase: Preliminary analysis of areas affected by brownfields or underutilized sites and basic evaluation of revitalization potential.
  2. Nomination Phase: In-depth and thorough analysis of affected areas, including an economic and market trends analysis; with emphasis on identification and reuse potential of sites that could be catalysts for revitalization.
  3. Implementation Phase: Identifies specific actions/techniques to implement area-wide plan in accordance with State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), including site assessments if additional environmental information is required.


Additional information regarding the New York State Department of State's Brownfield Opportunity Areas
Program can be found at:
DOS Website.