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Published on May 27th, 2013 | by NSB Observer


Edgewater Awarded Environment-Friendly Grant

The City of Edgewater, together with the cities of Oak Hill and New Smyrna Beach, has been awarded a $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The grant will allow the cities to assess certain properties with known or perceived environmental issues.

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and provides opportunities for economic development.

It is hoped that the funds will be available by October 1, 2013.  The cities will have three years to choose the properties and complete the assessments.  The City of Edgewater is taking the lead on administering the grant.

An advisory committee will be put together to help the cities gather community input, select the brownfield sites and ensure the funds are used effectively.  No match is required by property owners to participate.

For more information on the grant, contact Malecia Harris, Grants/Project Coordinator for the City of Edgewater at mharris@cityofedgewater.org or (386) 424-2485.

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