LVEDC Receives Major Brownfield Redevelopment Grant

We found out yesterday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Department (EPA) awarded a $1 million grant toward brownfield redevelopment, through the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative (LVLRI) of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). The grant will be used for site assessment, and will include testing of soil and groundwater and cleanup planning.

The Express Times reports:

There are several high-profile sites being eyed for such testing.

“Possible sites to receive assessment support include Neuweiler Brewery on the waterfront in Allentown or the Black Diamond Building in (South Side) Easton or the former municipal incinerator site in Bangor and the Thomas Iron Works in Hellertown,” LVLRI coordinator Holly Edinger said in the statement.

LVEDC has been awarded EPA assessment grants on four previous occasions in the amount of $200,000 each. Nationally it is one of only six agencies to receive EPA Coalition Grants in the amount of $1 million, the LVEDC release states.

The projects funded by this grant will make these sites viable for private development and for “new businesses, new homes and new jobs for American workers,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

A big congratulations to LVEDC and the LVLRI.

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on April 20, 2010, in Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Urbanism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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