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May 16, 2005

City Receives Brownfields Grant

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James B. Gulliford, EPA regional administrator, presents the grant check to Stacia Johnson, manager of the city's housing program.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Kansas City a $200,000 grant for brownfields cleanup. This money will be used to clean up petroleum in the Beacon Hill area as part of the continuing effort to revitalize the Troost Corridor. Cleanup of the site allows the city to move forward with its master plan for Beacon Hill, the city’s largest single-family residential redevelopment project.

Kansas City was among communities in 44 states to receive grant funding. EPA brownfields grants promote redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites and transforms them from problem properties into community assets.

The City of Kansas City will use this grant money to clean up petroleum contamination at 2639 and 2701 Troost Avenue. Both properties were former gasoline station sites from the late 1930s through the mid-1960s. Kansas City has received 18 brownfield grants since the program was initiated in 1995.

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