The agency says the grants will boost local economies while protecting public health and the environment. Recipients will each receive about $200,000-$600,000 in funding toward EPA cooperative agreements.
The EPA’s Brownfields grants aim to help spur the redevelopment of vacant, former manufacturing and commercial sites for broader revitalization in their downtowns.
Among the communities selected for funding, more than 30 percent have been affected by plant closures, 40 percent by significant economic disruptions, and 42 percent by adverse natural disasters.
For example, San Antonio, Texas, selected for a $400,000 assessment grant, will focus on three priority areas to restore urban waterways, attract commercial development, construct new multifamily housing, and sustainably reuse existing buildings. By combining available resources, the city secured more than $470 million to revitalize the priority areas.
Last month builder and real estate manager Ryan Companies said it has transformed what used to be one of the top 10 most contaminated brownfield sites in the Twin Cities into a public ballpark that features a host of environmentally sustainable features including recycled water and materials.