Brownfields is a term used to describe real estate that is contaminated or perceived to be contaminated by hazardous substances or petroleum in soil or groundwater. The complexity and cost of cleanup creates an obstacle to redevelopment or reuse of the property. Brownfields examples include closed landfills, abandoned gas stations, old manufacturing facilities, and former dry cleaning facilities. The cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields brings many economic development benefits to a community. Since 1998, more than $300 million in private investment has restored approximately 310 acres of previously contaminated land and created or maintained over 3,300 jobs. In addition, more than 30 sites have been redevelopment for public use.
The goal of the program is to reduce obstacles and provide assistance for redevelopment of brownfields in the city. The program is managed by the Office of Environmental Programs and has two components: 1) assistance to city departments for redevelopment of contaminated sites for public use, and 2) assistance to the private sector for redevelopment of sites that benefit the community by reducing environmental exposures, job creation, services, and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Phoenix Submitting Brownfields Grant Applications to EPA due Dec. 3, 2019
The City of Phoenix is submitting two grant applications for 2020 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Grant Funds:
1) $600,000 - Rio Reimagined Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant Application, 3 year grant. This assessment grant would provide $600,000 in funding for environmental assessments of property acquisitions for the Rio Reimagined Project/Rio Salado Project for the Coalition comprised of Avondale, Buckeye, Phoenix and Tempe. Phoenix will serve as the lead Application for the Coalition. These grant funds can be used to fund brownfields inventories, development of brownfields land use plans, and for environmental site assessments to define the actual environmental conditions, if any, at underutilized sites. This allows potential buyers to make informed decisions about redevelopment opportunities on these sites and encourages the redevelopment of properties that may otherwise remain unused.
2) $1,000,000 - City of Phoenix Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant Application, 5 year grant. The Brownfields RLF Grant funds a RLF program to provide low interest rate loans and subgrants to eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum. The RLF would be available to projects city-wide with a focus on targeted areas, including, the Rio Reimagined Project, designated Redevelopment Areas, Neighborhood Initiative Areas, and special projects, such as the Edison-Eastlake Choice Neighborhoods. The fund is termed revolving because it will use the loan and interest repayments to provide new loans to additional borrowers. Private sector businesses, developers, and nonprofits can use these loan funds to cleanup environmentally contaminated sites.
Notice of awards are anticipated in Spring 2020 with the funding available in October 2020. For more information contact: email@example.com.