EPA awards $4 million in brownfields area-wide planning grants

Twenty-three communities in 18 states have been selected to receive grants for area-wide planning around brownfield reclamation and revitalization projects. View the list of recipients here.

Excerpted from the EPA press release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is awarding $4 million in assistance to 23 communities, many in under-served and economically disadvantaged areas, to develop area-wide plans for the reuse of brownfields properties.Recipients will be able to leverage the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint effort of EPA, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Economic Development Administration, to identify potential resources to help move the community plans forward.

EPA will award up to $175,000 each per selected recipient to help facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for a brownfields impacted area, such as a neighborhood, district, city block or corridor.  The assistance will be provided through grant funding or agency support. EPA and its partner federal agencies will work with the selected communities to:

  • Use the funds to identify potential future uses for brownfields properties.
  • Create a set of area-wide strategies that will help ensure successful assessment, cleanup and reuse of the brownfields sites.
  • Develop strategies for facilitating the reuse of existing infrastructure, including taking into account potential infrastructure investments needed to accommodate alternative future uses of brownfields properties.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities ensures that the agencies’ policies, programs, and funding consider affordable housing, transportation, and environmental protection together.  This interagency collaboration gets better results for communities and uses taxpayer money more efficiently.  Coordinating federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services meets multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives with each dollar spent.  The partnership is helping communities across the country to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.

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