EPA Awards Four Brownfields Grants to Ohio Communities

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded four Brownfields grants to Ohio
 communities: Columbus, Lockland, Mansfield and a joint grant to Cleveland and
 Lima.  The grants total $2.8 million.
     Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where real or
 perceived environmental contamination has slowed redevelopment.  Grants may be
 awarded to address individual sites, or groups of sites, within a defined
 geographic area.  Three grant categories were included in today's
 announcement: new pilot grants, supplemental pilot funding to continue ongoing
 work at sites that have already received grants, and revolving loan fund
 grants, which make low-cost loans available to communities to assist in moving
 their initiatives forward.
     Nationally, more than 90 communities received funding of more than
 $38 million for brownfields assessment and cleanup.  In the EPA Region 5
 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) 19 grants
 were awarded.  Summaries of the grants will be online soon at
 www.epa.gov/brownfields .
     Columbus and Lockland received $150,000 supplemental funding grants.
 Columbus will use its grant for eight additional site assessments, with
 significant activity targeted for a previously designated state empowerment
 zone and federal enterprise community.  Lockland will use its grant for
 additional technical analysis at three sites examined under the original
 grant, plus a first-time assessment of a recently-closed roofing products
 manufacturer.
     Mansfield received a $1 million revolving loan fund grant, which it will
 use to evaluate an 8-acre former chrome plating operation and a former pump
 manufacturer with a 50,000 square-foot building.
     A $1.5 million revolving loan fund grant shared by Cleveland and Lima will
 be managed by the Ohio Department of Development.  Cleveland has targeted the
 Forgotten Triangle and MidTown areas for redevelopment.  Lima will focus on
 further development of the Liberty Commons Industrial Park, as well as on the
 Flanders/McKibbey Railyard, to permit expansion of Buckeye Rubber, a major
 employer in the city.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.
     U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA are among more than a dozen organizations
 co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a national conference at Chicago's McCormick
 Place Convention Center, September 24-26, 2001.  For details on speakers and
 the conference program, or assistance in developing local story ideas, call
 Mick Hans in the EPA Region 5 press office, 312-353-5050.
 
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    CHICAGO, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded four Brownfields grants to Ohio
 communities: Columbus, Lockland, Mansfield and a joint grant to Cleveland and
 Lima.  The grants total $2.8 million.
     Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where real or
 perceived environmental contamination has slowed redevelopment.  Grants may be
 awarded to address individual sites, or groups of sites, within a defined
 geographic area.  Three grant categories were included in today's
 announcement: new pilot grants, supplemental pilot funding to continue ongoing
 work at sites that have already received grants, and revolving loan fund
 grants, which make low-cost loans available to communities to assist in moving
 their initiatives forward.
     Nationally, more than 90 communities received funding of more than
 $38 million for brownfields assessment and cleanup.  In the EPA Region 5
 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) 19 grants
 were awarded.  Summaries of the grants will be online soon at
 www.epa.gov/brownfields .
     Columbus and Lockland received $150,000 supplemental funding grants.
 Columbus will use its grant for eight additional site assessments, with
 significant activity targeted for a previously designated state empowerment
 zone and federal enterprise community.  Lockland will use its grant for
 additional technical analysis at three sites examined under the original
 grant, plus a first-time assessment of a recently-closed roofing products
 manufacturer.
     Mansfield received a $1 million revolving loan fund grant, which it will
 use to evaluate an 8-acre former chrome plating operation and a former pump
 manufacturer with a 50,000 square-foot building.
     A $1.5 million revolving loan fund grant shared by Cleveland and Lima will
 be managed by the Ohio Department of Development.  Cleveland has targeted the
 Forgotten Triangle and MidTown areas for redevelopment.  Lima will focus on
 further development of the Liberty Commons Industrial Park, as well as on the
 Flanders/McKibbey Railyard, to permit expansion of Buckeye Rubber, a major
 employer in the city.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.
     U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA are among more than a dozen organizations
 co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a national conference at Chicago's McCormick
 Place Convention Center, September 24-26, 2001.  For details on speakers and
 the conference program, or assistance in developing local story ideas, call
 Mick Hans in the EPA Region 5 press office, 312-353-5050.
 
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