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Deadlines for Ohio’s Brownfield Remediation and Site Revitalization Programs Fast Approaching

By: David A. Meyer

About: Environmental

December 15, 2021 – On June 30, 2021, Governor DeWine signed into law Ohio’s fiscal year biennial budget for 2022-2023. The budget included a new Brownfield Remediation Program and a Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program. The Brownfield Remediation Program provides grants for environmental site investigation and remediation, and the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program provides grants for demolition of certain commercial and residential buildings. 

Each of the new grant programs will be administered by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). Recently, the ODOD released its initial rules and guidance documents that will be used for the disbursement of these grants in the near term. Final rules should be adopted by April 2022. The initial rules will apply to at least the first round of grants awarded by ODOD under the programs. A summary of these programs is outlined below:

Brownfield Remediation Program

Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program

Ohio’s adoption of the federal bona fide prospective purchaser defense to liability for existing contamination and current brownfield funding opportunities makes this a great time to acquire and redevelop brownfield properties in Ohio. These funds may be combined with other available incentives that may allow challenging sites in Ohio to be redeveloped. 

Ulmer’s Real Estate Practice Group can assist with all aspects of brownfield redevelopment projects including property acquisition, financing, government negotiations and agreements, environmental investigation and remediation, and construction/development agreements. Please reach out to our attorneys if you have any questions. The information provided in this client alert speaks only to the information and guidance we have available as of the date of publication and is subject to change. We will continue to follow further issued guidance and regulations and endeavor to post those updates via our website. Please continue to follow these updates at This legal update was created by Ulmer & Berne LLP, and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice. Receipt of this client alert, by itself, does not create an attorney client relationship. For any questions, or for further information, please contact David A. Meyer at