U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards Brownfield Grants

Washington, DC - U. S. EPA Deputy Administrator Linda Fisher announced $405,000 in grants to nine communities around the country under the "Smart Growth: Saving Open Space, Revitalizing Brownfields" program. Each community will receive $45,000 to incorporate smart growth approaches into the redevelopment of properties where reuse is complicated by real or perceived contamination.

Commenting on the announcement, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman said, "With hundreds of thousands of brownfields needing attention across the country, it is clear that we must choose areas with real redevelopment potential. These communities have demonstrated a readiness to make the most of their redevelopments by embracing a smart growth approach."

This grant program supports EPA's existing Brownfields program by highlighting innovative approaches to Brownfield redevelopment that clearly integrate smart growth principles. Recipients include: Mystic Valley Development Corp., Massachusetts; Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; Baltimore Development Corp.; Des Moines, Iowa; Trenton, New Jersey; St. Louis Development Corp., Missouri and Illinois; Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; and Portland, Oregon.

Activities that will be funded under the grant program include: a "Smart Sites" program to identify and market available Brownfields sites and incentives to potential redevelopers; site plans for the redevelopment of critical Brownfields sites that demonstrate smart growth features, such as a mix of uses and transportation choices; capacity-building for local officials and builders on how to redevelop suburban commercial centers using smart growth techniques; mathematical models to evaluate the impacts of smart growth redevelopment of Brownfields; and regional approaches that connect urban Brownfields reuse with suburban and rural open space preservation.