EPA announces $16M in brownfield redevelopment supplemental funds

Communities in 27 state or local governments will receive over $16 million in supplemental funding for brownfields revolving loan fund grants. These supplemental funds will be used to help communities carry out cleanup activities, redevelopment projects, and create jobs for local residents.

From the EPA press release:

“By investing in clean-up and redevelopment projects, this funding will jumpstart local economies, foster growth, and create new jobs in communities where they’re needed most,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “Brownfields projects like these help show that the right thing to do for our health and our environment is also the right thing to do for our economy.”

Recipient project examples that strongly reflect the Sustainable Communities Partnership’s six livability principles include:

  • A mill redevelopment project in North Dam Mill, Biddeford, Maine that will provide both housing and economic development opportunities to revitalize a downtown area and create open space to be used by the community.
  • Cleanup of the former Swift Factory in Hartford, Conn. that will be converted into a green business co-location center to provide below-market rent to artisan businesses and companies creating green products

Information on the North Dam Mill can be found here, while this site offers photos of the former Swift Factory.

More information on EPA brownfields grant announcements can be found here.