The Wiggin and Dana Manual on Legislative, Regulatory, and Financial Assistance Tools for Brownfields Development in Connecticut

October 1, 2005 Published Work

A cradle of manufacturing and industry, Connecticut serves as home to a significant number of abandoned or partially used industrial properties.1 Plagued or stigmatized by either real or perceived environmental contamination, these legacy properties constitute Connecticut's "brownfields." Factories and mills that once made clocks, pins, thread, hats, buggies, guns, military ordnance, and other products in plants throughout the state now lay idle and unused, suffering from the specter of environmental contamination. The redevelopment of these brownfield properties presents a significant economic opportunity for private developers while serving important public functions, including expanding the State's economic base, revitalizing towns and cities, and leaving prized undeveloped "greenfields" undisturbed.