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Hillsborough County will receive a share of $8.4 million in brownfield grants to Florida

Ruskin, Florida (File)
Ruskin, Florida (File)

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced $8,387,710 in grants from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to accelerate the assessment and remediation of brownfield sites in Florida while advancing environmental justice.

These investments through EPA’s Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant Programs will help transform once contaminated, vacant, and abandoned properties into community assets, creating good jobs and improving economic revitalization of overburdened areas is stimulated. communities.

EPA selected six Florida communities to receive six grants totaling more than $8,387,710 in competitive EPA Brownfields funding through the Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant programs.

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In addition, the agency is announcing $3,500,000 in additional funding for an existing, high-performing Brownfields RLF Grant Program to help expedite their continued work at sites in Florida.

The following Florida organizations have been selected to receive EPA Brownfields funding through the Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs. The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council has been selected to receive a $3,500,000 assessment grant from EPA.

Grant funds will be used to develop seven cleanup plans and one revitalization plan and support community engagement activities. The assessment activities will focus on the cities of Palm Bay, Apopka, Kissimmee and Melbourne.

Priority locations include several vacant and underutilized properties within the Downtown Apopka Community Redevelopment Area (CRA)/Main Street Corridor, the Downtown Kissimmee CRA/Vine Street Corridor, Melbourne’s Booker Heights community and Palm Bay’s Coldside community.

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  • Hillsborough County has been selected to receive a $1,500,000 assessment grant from EPA. Grant funds will be used to develop site redevelopment strategies and cleanup plans, and to support community engagement activities. The assessment activities will focus on three strategic neighborhood revitalization areas along the county’s Interstate-4 corridors: East Lake-Orient Park, University Area and Ruskin. Priority sites include a 1.93-acre former maintenance yard located in a residential neighborhood, an abandoned 2.82-acre series of contiguous mixed-use lots and a 2.38-acre former car wash.
  • Wimauma community development company has been selected to receive a $500,000 assessment grant from EPA. Grant funds from across the community will be used to develop five cleanup plans and two site reuse plans and support community engagement activities. The target area for this grant is the Wimauma community in Hillsborough County, with a focus on three underserved census tracts.

The Agency announces $3,500,000 in non-competitive additional funding for one successful existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant programs that have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites.

RLF grants provide funding for recipients to offer loans and subgrants to conduct cleanup activities at brownfield sites. The funding announced today will help communities continue to address the economic, social and environmental challenges posed by brownfield sites. The following Florida organizations have been selected to receive non-competitive additional funding through the existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant Program.

The South Florida Regional Planning Council has been selected to receive $3,500,000. Potential projects highlighted for use of the BIL funding include 1960 NW 27th Avenue in Miami and the old Baltuff Dump on Middle Torch Key. The BIL funding will expand the program’s capacity to provide funding for increased cleanups in the most underserved areas in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

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