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Brownfields Program


Michelle Hunter
(505) 827-2242

Ali Furmall
(505) 827-0078


  • Grand Opening of the Sundowner
    May 20, 2014 ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    The Route 66 motel will open to the public Tuesday, May 20 to show off the results of a $5.4 million green renovation into 71 apartments.

    Project developer NewLife Homes, city of Albuquerque, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority and others will hold a public grand opening with live entertainment and food at the Sundowner Motel, 6101 Central NE, starting at 11 a.m.

    The 1950s Sundowner Motel on Route 66 has been converted into mixed-income housing – 71 studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units – with a quarter of the units set aside for people with special needs. Asbestos containing building materials in the structure required remediation as part of the renovation. NMED provided remediation planning for this site under its Community Wide Hazardous Assessment cooperative agreement and provided a $250,000 sub-grant for asbestos abatement.



LunaLodgeA brownfield is a property whose redevelopment is complicated by the presence of contamination or perceived contamination. It could be an old gas station, vacant motel, former industrial site, an abandoned dump, etc.  

Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties can restore the environment, reduce health risks, eliminate blight, revitalize downtowns, create jobs, increase local tax bases, and create a sense of community pride.

Luna Lodge on Route 66, Albuquerque. Remediated in 2012.

NMED can assist your community with its brownfield redevelopment project.

Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA)

NMED offers free environmental evaluations of brownfield properties. Services include:

  • Phase I site assessments
  • Cleanup planning
  • Environmental investigations
    (sampling and analysis)
  • Remediation cost estimates
  • Asbestos and lead paint surveys


Local government units, tribal governments, quasi-public entities (such as community development organizations), and non-profit entities are eligible to request a TBA.

NMED considers the following criteria in prioritizing requests: feasibility of property redevelopment or reuse, potential economic/environmental/health benefits to the community, project timetable, and availability of funding.

EPA Region 6 also provides TBA services in the event that NMED cannot currently accommodate your request.

Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

It is usually easier to find funding for redevelopment of a site than for cleanup. NMED offers low-interest loans with favorable terms that can be used for remediating contamination at an eligible brownfield site. The funds may also be used for asbestos removal or abatement. The availability of cleanup funding can leverage the other funding needed – on average, $18 for every dollar of brownfields funding.

Contact us to discuss the eligibility of your project and the application process.

Application forms:


Technical Assistance

Brownfield redevelopment requires community planning, environmental expertise, public and private partners, and familiarity with a myriad of potential sources of assistance. NMED can help you connect to the resources you need to make your project a Brownfields success story.

Assistance is also available through EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.

Voluntary Remediation Program

Participants who successfully complete the VRP receive site closure documentation from NMED and liability protection for lenders and future purchasers.



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