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Brownfields success stories

Communities all across Wisconsin have successfully investigated, cleaned up and redeveloped many of their contaminated properties. Better yet, many of these redevelopment projects resulted in uses which make their communities a better place to be. We've highlighted some of the most interesting projects from our partnerships with local governments and private parties to showcase the eye-opening transformations that can happen when we work together to clean up Wisconsin brownfield sites.

Interactive Map of Brownfield Redevelopment Success Stories

The interactive Brownfield Success Stories StoryMap allows users to see at a glance the locations of many successful brownfield redevelopment sites across the state. Click on a location indicated on the map and a summary of the project appears with a photo. Some are side-by-side, before-and-after images to showcase the eye-opening transformations in many Wisconsin communities.

Featured Videos

Beans & Brew

Watch partnerships in action as the village of Potosi and the Colectivo coffee company work with the DNR and other state agencies to clean up and revitalize two brownfield properties. To see more ways the DNR is working with businesses and communities to redevelop brownfields, check out the DNR YouTube channel.

Ashland Lakefront

Through interviews with those who worked on the project or lived nearby, this video tells the story of the challenges and the teamwork required to complete this decades-long remediation project along the shores of Lake Superior in Ashland, WI. Once clogged with tar and scrap lumber from years of industry, the water in Chequamegon Bay and along the shore have now been restored to pristine condition.

Stories: A-Z

Highlighted below are 99 of the Remediation and Redevelopment Program's most interesting brownfield success stories. Additional details about all of the success stories featured on the interactive StoryMap are included in this list. Search for them alphabetically by name below.

  1. 128th Military Refueling Wing – Milwaukee
  2. 3M Sponge Plant – Prairie du Chien
  3. Alterra Coffee – Milwaukee
  4. Amery Fire Station – Amery
  5. Ampco Foundry – West Milwaukee
  6. Amtrak Railroad Station – Milwaukee
  7. Ashland Lakefront Property - Ashland
  8. Ashland Precision Products – Ashland
  9. Autozone – Milwaukee
  10. Badger Garage – Three Lakes
  11. Bayshore Town Center – Glendale
  12. Bliffert's Lumber & Fuel Company – Milwaukee
  13. Borg Instruments – Delavan
  14. C.A. Lawton – De Pere
  15. Candlewood Suites – La Crosse
  16. Central Railyard – Ashland
  17. CenturyTel – La Crosse
  18. Charter Films – Superior
  19. Chico's Super Service – Green Bay
  20. City Services Center – Baraboo
  21. Chiquita Processed Foods – Sun Prairie
  22. Deforest Parks Automotive – DeForest
  23. Delton Family Medical Center – Wisconsin Dells
  24. Doberstein Lumber & Fence – Medford
  25. Druml Concrete – Menomonee Falls
  26. Edgerton Motor Company – Edgerton
  27. Feiler Property – Adams Co.
  28. Former Metalfab Facility – Columbus
  29. Former Milwaukee Road Shops – Milwaukee
  30. Former Royster-Clark Plant - Madison
  31. Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee
  32. Hawthorn Mellody – Whitewater
  33. Inryco and Babcock & Wilcox – West Milwaukee
  34. Kane Place Lofts – Milwaukee
  35. Kenosha Harbor Park – Kenosha
  36. Kettle Lakes Cooperative – Plumouth
  37. La Crosse Xcel Trail – La Crosse
  38. Lipman Gifts – Crandon
  39. Manpower Corporate Headquarters – Milwaukee
  40. Marathon Rubber – Wausau
  41. Marshfield Depot – Marshfield
  42. Marshfield Oil Bulk Plant – Marshfield
  43. Menomonee Valley Stormwater Park – Milwaukee
  44. Middleton Redevelopment – Middleton
  45. Mobile Blasting – West Milwaukee
  46. Mondo Brothers Inc. – Milwaukee
  47. Murray Machinery, Inc. – Wausau
  48. National Auto Salvage – Onalaska
  49. Neillsville Foundry – Neillsville
  50. North Barstow Redevelopment – Eau Claire
  51. North Point Lighthouse – Milwaukee
  52. Northend Salvage – Superior
  53. Obsession Boats – Shawano
  54. Old Ironsides – Ashford
  55. Osceola Creek – Osceola
  56. Our House Senior Living – Richland Center
  57. Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative – Wauwautosa
  58. Neenah Downtown Redevelopment - Neenah
  59. Platteville Police Department - Platteville
  60. Potosi Brewery – Potosi
  61. Quality Wood – Prairie du Chien
  62. Radford Village – Oshkosh
  63. Rapid Service Bulk Plant – River Falls
  64. Refuse Hideaway – Town of Middleton
  65. Richard I. Bong WWII Heritage Center – Superior
  66. River Bluff Townhomes - West Bend
  67. Riverside Park/Leach Amphitheater – Oshkosh
  68. Riverview Hospital Expansion – Wisconsin Rapids
  69. Rockline, Inc. – Sheboygan
  70. Rueping Leather – Fond du Lac
  71. Save-a-Lot Foods – Green Bay
  72. Seven Mile Creek Park – Lamartine
  73. Sheboygan Harbor Centre – Sheboygan
  74. Shields Creamery – Shields
  75. The Shores Redevelopment – Glendale
  76. Shorewood Hills Redevelopment – Madison
  77. Sigma Environmental – Milwaukee
  78. Speed Queen – Omro
  79. St. Brendan's Inn – Green Bay
  80. Stokely Canning – Waunakee
  81. Summit Place – West Allis
  82. Thorson Residence – Merrill
  83. Town of Madison Redevelopment – Madison
  84. Tractor Lot East – La Crosse
  85. Tri-Par – Cedarburg
  86. Trolley Square – Appleton
  87. Trostel Tannery – Milwaukee
  88. Tundra Lodge – Green Bay
  89. Uptown Commons – Chilton
  90. U.S. Castings – Ladysmith
  91. UWM Cambridge Commons Residence Hall – Milwaukee
  92. UWM Riverview Residence Hall – Milwaukee
  93. Veterans Memorial Park – Seymour
  94. Viroqua Food Cooperative – Viroqua
  95. Walco Transport – Superior
  96. Wausau Energy Bulk Plant – Wausau
  97. We Energies North Service Center – Glendale
  98. Whole Foods/Columbia St. Mary's – Milwaukee
  99. Wisconsin Clock Factory – Clintonville


Brownfields projects come in all shapes and sizes. Search below to find success stories based on their pre-cleanup land use.

Automotive (e.g., service stations, salvage yards, auto dealerships)

Commercial Properties (e.g., retail businesses, healthcare, dry cleaners)

Industrial/Agricultural Properties (e.g., manufacturing plants, dairies, bulk oil plants, railroad sites)




You probably have visited a brownfield redevelopment project and didn't even know it! Search below to find success stories based on their post-cleanup use.

Commercial Properties (e.g., banks, retail, healthcare, office space)

Community Spaces (e.g., government buildings, farmer's markets, outdoor fun)

Green Spaces (e.g., parks, trails)

Industrial Properties (e.g., manufacturing, printing, electronics)

Residential (e.g., apartments, condos, single-family housing, senior housing)



Financial Assistance

Sometimes it takes a financial incentive to make a brownfield cleanup a reality. State and federal agencies, including the DNR, have offered a variety of grant, loan, tax and liability clarification programs to spark cleanup and redevelopment. Search below to find success stories filtered by assistance program.

Brownfield Site Assessment Grants (DNR)

Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (DNR)

State-Funded Cleanup (DNR)

Blight Elimination and Brownfields Redevelopment Grants (WEDC)

Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (DNR)

Federal Brownfield Grants (EPA)

Ready for Reuse Loan and Grant Program (DNR)


Contamination can happen anywhere, so cleanup and redevelopment projects are common all across Wisconsin. Search below to find success stories filtered by county.

Adams County (WCR)

Ashland County (NOR)

Brown County (NER)

Calumet County (NER)

Clark County (WCR)

Columbia County (SCR)

Crawford County (WCR)

Dane County (SCR)

Douglas County (NOR)

Eau Claire County (WCR)

Fond du Lac County (NER)

Forest County (NOR)

Grant County (SCR)

Kenosha County (SER)

La Crosse County (WCR)

Lincoln County (NOR)

Marathon County (WCR)

Milwaukee County (SER)

Marquette County (NER)

Oneida County (NOR)

Outagamie County (NER)

Ozaukee County (SER)

Pierce County (WCR)

Polk County (NOR)

Richland County (SCR)

Rock County (SCR)

Rusk County (NOR)

Sauk County (SCR)

Shawano County (NER)

Sheboygan County (NER)

Taylor County (NOR)

Vernon County (WCR)

Walworth County (SCR)

Washington County (SER)

Waukesha County (SER)

Waupaca County (NER)

Winnebago County (NER)

Wood County (WCR)

Waterfront Redevelopments