Brownfield site revitalization efforts
San Francisco, Calif. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the City of Sacramento will receive $300,000 in federal grant funds for brownfield site revitalization efforts.
This grant is part of the $56.8 million awarded nationally to 172 recipients to assess and clean up historically contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, to help local governments redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies.
“EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These grants leverage considerable infrastructure and other investments, improving local economies and creating an environment where jobs can grow. I am very pleased the President’s budget recognizes the importance of these grants by providing continued funding for this important program.”
The City of Sacramento will receive $300,000 to focus on the North Sacramento community. Most of North Sacramento is in a federally-designated Promise Zone and encompasses neighborhoods that have demonstrated need, as well as the capacity for positive neighborhood change. The target area historically supported industrial uses, and EPA funds will be used to address environmentally challenging and underutilized properties in strategic locations along commercial corridors. The City of Sacramento has a well-established Brownfields redevelopment program, and the city recently invested over $15 million in infrastructure projects in the target area. The redevelopment of these brownfield properties will fill vacancies between commercial businesses, provide affordable housing, open space and opportunities for urban agriculture.
Overview of the funds being announced :
* $25 million to communities who are receiving assessment and cleanup funding for the first time
* $17.5 million of the assessment and cleanup funding will benefit small and rural communities with populations less than 10,000
* Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 – $600,000 in funding to work on individual sites or several sites within their community
* These funds will provide communities with resources necessary to determine the extent of site contamination, remove environmental uncertainties and clean up contaminated properties where needed.
Studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2% within a 1.24-mile radius of that site. A study analyzing data near 48 brownfield sites shows that an estimated $29 to $97 million in additional tax revenue was generated for local governments in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to those brownfields.
As of May 2017, more than 124,759 jobs and $24 billion of public and private funding has been leveraged as a result of assessment grants and other EPA Brownfields grants. On average, $16.11 was leveraged for each EPA Brownfields dollar and 8.5 jobs leveraged per $100,000 of EPA Brownfields funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements.
More on EPA’s Brownfields program: https://epa.gov/brownfields
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