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Rural Surplus Properties

Underused and idled properties, often referred to as surplus properties, make up the bulk of America’s brownfield supply. These are often owned by small businesses and/or corporate entities. (See Chris Olson’s article on rural surplus corporate sites on the following page.) Surplus properties are easy to spot in urban areas and business districts because they typically have some type of structure on the property. And former use of the site is often held in common knowledge by the community, as that facility most likely employed a large number of the community’s residents. In rural America, however, a surplus property is not quite as easy to spot. And harder yet is determining whether it is a brownfield. Why? Because rural surplus properties include farmlands and lands where natural resources have been extracted from beneath the surface. When these lands fall idle, lack of any permanent structure on the property surface makes…Log In to Read Full Article

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