Fannie Mae Foundation

A total of 779 New Jersey residents were surveyed to determine the number of people who during the next five years would be willing to move to housing built on brownfield sites that have been remediated to the extent that they pose no plausible brownfield-related health risk to residents. Fourteen percent of the respondents said they would be willing to move to and live in housing built on cleaned-up brownfields. These respondents were disproportionately relatively poor and young and resided in apartments and cities, especially cities where the city government was actively promoting brownfields. These respondents also did not like their current neighborhoods, did not feel threatened by the idea of living on a cleaned-up brownfield site, and trusted experts to advise them on the health risks involved. This document summarizes the research and provides a discussion about the feasibility of affordable housing on cleaned-up brownfields.

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