This paper explores the intersection between historic preservation and brownfield
redevelopment along with the role of preservation in redevelopment strategy. Within the
last decade, increasing growth of rural communities coupled with widespread initiatives
to revive urban economies has shifted the focus of new development back to city centers.
Many historic industrial properties that once flourished during the late 19th and early- to
mid-20th centuries are now being seen as attractive places for progress and revitalization.
In the mid 1990s, Federal legislation was passed to address concerns over redevelopment
standards for brownfield sites in an effort to redirect and encourage urban revitalization.
Today, ten years later, there is a need to reevaluate the critical role that historic
preservation plays in brownfield redevelopment in order to maintain success in
community heritage revitalization, while at the same time ensuring an adherence to
environmental safety regulations.