FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2007
EPA awards City $600,000 in brownfield grants
Money to help revitalize contaminated properties
The City of Kansas City, Mo., has been awarded three, $200,000 brownfield grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award was announced May 14.
The grants will help assess, clean up and revitalize contaminated properties throughout the city. Brownfields are real property that the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
The City submitted three applications for this national grant competition and all three of the requests were funded. Last year in this competition, only one-third of requests were funded nationwide.
The EPA awarded the City a $200,000 brownfields cleanup grant to fund abatement and cleanup of the former Cherry Street Inn in the East Village project area. The other two, $200,000 grants the City was awarded will be used to investigate properties contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum in neighborhoods throughout the city.
"These brownfield grant funds will help address needs in our disadvantaged neighborhoods, in places like the ALDI grocery store project at 39th and Prospect, the new urban village planned for Columbus Park and in the East Village to help remove blight to make way for new jobs and economic opportunities," City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said.
John B. Askew, EPA regional administrator for Region 7, will present these grants to Mayor Mark Funkhouser on May 16 at 10:30 a.m. in a public event at Ilus W. Davis Park, by the City Employee's Memorial on the west side of the 1000 block of Locust Street.
"It's time to push this Kansas City downtown renaissance to neighborhoods that are struggling against blight, contamination and a history of social injustice," Funkhouser said. "The federal government is a big help in this effort. The EPA has long been an invaluable partner in cleaning up blighted properties and helping us to unlock their potential benefits for communities in need."
Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this issue should be directed to Andrew Bracker, brownfields coordinator in the City Planning and Development Department, (816) 513-3002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.