Brownfields Program

The City of Marshalltown is in the process of establishing a Brownfields Program which will focus on several areas. This comprehensive program will pull together a number of existing resources available at the local, State and Federal level and use them to improve our Community. For additional information about the program contact the Housing & Community Development Director.

Brownfield Puzzle



There is a multitude of educational resources available related to Brownfield development through the Iowa DNR and EPA. CLICK HERE for the Brownfields Program Brochure.

What is a Brownfield?

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitate job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. Source EPA

Community Involvement Plan

As part of the EPA Brownfields Grant Program the City has developed a Community Involvement Plan with the assistance of Impact7G. CLICK HERE to view the plan.

Community Visioning Event

On July 30th a Community Visioning event was held during the MCBD Bee Ridiculous Day event. Representatives from the City, Astig Planning, Impact7G, KSU TAB and ICF were all in attendance. The EPA has funding this activity through the City's Brownfield grant program and under the Technical Assistance program. Survey results and input from the event will be shared when they become available. Here are some of the photos from the event.

Reimagine Downtown Marshalltown event photo



Partnerships are essential in implementing a successful Brownfields Program. The City has been working with Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (KSU TAB) Program to develop resources and identify opportunities.

As part of the EPA Brownfields Grant Program the City has contracted services with a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to assist in the grant implementation. Impact7G and Astig Planning together will be working with the City of Marshalltown to complete assessments, education and outreach and planning activities.  

The City was recently selected to participate in the EPA Technical Assistance program as part of our brownfield redevelopment planning efforts. The EPA has contracted with ICF to conduct a market analysis as a follow-up to our community visioning efforts: Reimagine Downtown Marshalltown. 



Funding for Brownfields Development comes in many forms. Public/Private partnerships are important and the City is regularly evaluating funding opportunities.

EPA Grant Awarded - 05/11/2021

The EPA has announced the grant recipients for the FY 2021 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grants. The City of Marshalltown has been awarded $300,000 for community-wide assessments. To view the EPA Press Release CLICK HERE.  For the City of Marshalltown's Press Release CLICK HERE

Brownfield Community-wide Assessment Grant Program

The City is currently administering the EPA grant award with the assistance of Impact7G, a Qualified Environmental Professional. Watch for additional information, opportunities for community engagement and resources as the program continues. CLICK HERE to view the Community Involvement Plan.

Request for Services

Checklist GraphicIf you have a property that may qualify as a brownfield site and would like it to be considered for an environmental assessment under this grant program CLICK HERE to complete the Request for Services form. Priority will be given to sites that are in targeted redevelopment areas such as the Downtown and Highway 14 Corridor where community planning efforts have taken place.



Development and redevelopment of Brownfields sites is a great way to bring new life back to a property.



Brownfields sites can require significant investment with respect to assessment, abatement, clean-up and redevelopment. These are costs that may be covered with public or private funding depending on the situation.



There are Local, State and Federal Regulations which may impact Brownfield sites.



The environment is at the heart of any Brownfields Program. Hazardous materials that impact our ground, water and air can all be of concern.



Community and Individual Health can be impacted by Brownfields sites. Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead based paint are some of the most commonly understood hazards.

HUD Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program Grant

The City has administered HUD Lead Based Paint Programs since 2003. During that time we have made hundreds of homes lead safe. To learn more about the current program, CLICK HERE.