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Brownfield EPA Grant

United States
Economic Development Administration

Brownfields Program

In 2018, the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation was awarded $600,000 through the Economic Development Administration’s Brownfields Program.  The activities implemented through this award will be implemented from 2019-2021.  

Funds will be used to prepare selected properties for reinvestment, resulting in a number of positive environmental and economic outcomes for the community.  Other communities have had successful projects that added much to the community.  The EPA web site has links to success stories.

Basic information about the United States Economic Development Administration Brownfields Program is listed below.  For details, visit https://www.epa.gov/brownfields

What is a “Brownfield”?

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfield in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

Brownfield Quarterly Reports

3rd Quarter Report here

2nd Quarter Report here

1st Quarter Report here

Frequently Asked Questions

Site Characterization Tier Levels:

Tier 1:  Site under (a) public ownership, (b) public/private ownership, or (c) private ownership which such private owner (s) agreeable to marketing the site for economic development purposes and to allowing access to the property for site assessment and marketing purposes, but at no established sale price.  Comprehensive plan reflects site as appropriate for industrial or commercial development and use, but site is not zoned as such.  Site has minimal or no infrastructure.  Minimal or no due diligence has been performed. 

Tier 2:   Site under (a) public ownership, (b) public/private ownership, or (c) private ownership with an option agreement or other documentation of a commitment by the private owner (s) to a competitive sales price, to permit access to the site for site for site assessment, construction, and marketing and to market the site for industrial or commercial economic development purposes.  Comprehensive Plan reflects site intended for industrial or commercial development and use, but site is not zoned as such and a rezoning hearing needs to be scheduled.  Site has minimal or no infrastructure.  Minimal or no due diligence has been performed.  

Tier 3.  Site is zoned for industrial or commercial development and use.  Site has minimal or no infrastructure.  Due diligence including, among other things, a wetlands survey with Army Corps of Engineers approval within the last five years, geotechnical borings, boundary  and topographical survey, cultural resources review, an Endangered species review, and a Phase 1 Environmental Site  Assessment has been completed .  Estimate cost of development have been qualified. 

Tier 4.  All infrastructure is in place or will be deliverable within 12 months.  All permit issues have been identified and quantified. 

Tier 5.  All permits are in place, and the site is ready for a site disturbance permit from the locality in which the site is located. 

Check back for more information and project updates.