The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced an $820,000 brownfields grant to support the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties in Philadelphia.
The brownfields revolving loan fund grant goes to the Philadelphia Authority of Industrial Development. Philadelphia is one of 131 communities nationwide to receive $55.2 million in EPA brownfields grants this year.
“Brownfields funding helps communities remove critical barriers to redevelopment and reuse,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “This funding supports Philadelphia’s plans for improving the quality of life of residents by reclaiming areas for housing, commercial development and open space and at the same time protecting public health and the environment.”
Brownfields are properties where real or suspected environmental contamination has prevented productive reuse of those properties.
Regional Administrator Garvin made the announcement during a celebration at the Pennovation Works site in Philadelphia (photo) where $600,000 in previous EPA brownfields funding was used to help assess and clean up abandoned property.
Today, Pennovation Works – located adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania – is a unique blend of offices, labs and production space being developed by the university.
EPA’s Brownfields Program strives to expand the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses.
Investments provide communities with the funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.
Brownfields grants provide resources early on, which is critical for the success of communities’ abilities to leverage additional partnerships and resources. Partnerships between neighborhoods, local developers and governments are essential for impacted communities to acquire the resources needed to meet their revitalization goals.For more information on the program, visit EPA’s Brownfields Grants webpage.