The City of Wilson initiatied the Brownfields Program to address blight associated with brownfields with the intent of returning them to active use. The program seeks to create jobs, increase tax revenue, and improve the quality of life for the City of Wilson.
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This video covers the City of Wilson’s programs to eliminate brownfields, which are sites either contaminated or believed to have been contaminated by past industrial, agricultural or commercial use.

Brownfields property means abandoned, idle, or underused property at which expansion or redevelopment is hindered by actual or perceived environmental contamination. Examples are abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, industrial plants, former dry cleaners, and other abandoned industrial or commercial properties. These properties may be unsightly, but they have infrastructure that undeveloped sites lack.

Benefits include:

  • Increased marketability of the property
  • Environmental and public health benefits of a clean site
  • Redevelopment of under-utilized property
  • Reduced site development costs due to use of exiting infrastructure
  • Creation of new jobs
  • Increased tax base for the community
  • Improved quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Federal and state redevelopment incentives (tax credits)

US EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant Program

Funding is available to assist developers who wish to redevelop these sites. The City of Wilson was granted a $200,000 Community Wide Petroleum Assessment Grant in 2010 and a $200,000 Community Wide Hazardous Materials Assessment Grant in 2012, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency. This funding provides financial assistance to site developers to fund environmental site assessments (ESAs) of Brownfield sites. These ESAs are the first step towards redevelopment, and the program can also help apply for EPA cleanup grants. Developers can also often leverage other federal and local tax credits, loans, and grants for these sites.


Because funding is limited, the City of Wilson will prioritize brownfield sites with the most potential for redevelopment, targeting (but not limited to) downtown and the Highway 301 Corridor. Of course, a major consideration is the contamination itself – often, depending on the type of contamination, the environmental condition of the site worsens over time.


To apply for funding for your project through this program, please contact Michelle Brown at 252-399-2226.

For more detailed information about the program, please visit our Brownfields website: or

Click here for a Powerpoint with more information about the Brownfields Program