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MACOG will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. EPA to continue addressing brownfields

SOUTH BEND – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Michiana Area Council of Government (MACOG) is one of three Indiana recipients to receive brownfield assessment funding in the latest round announced Monday.
Crawfordsville and DeKalb County also received assessment funding, the Indiana Finance Authority received revolving loans and the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Authority received cleanup funding.
Nationwide, a total of 181 grants worth $231 million have been announced to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment, according to a MACOG news release.
MACOG will receive a $1.5 million grant to conduct up to 27 Phase I and up to 35 Phase II environmental assessments of sites in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties over the next four years. MACOG will also develop cleanup and reuse plans and conduct community engagement activities. MACOG will continue to work with member counties and add the Tolson Center for Community Excellence to the Regional Brownfields Coalition efforts.
The target areas for this grant are the Benham neighborhood in the City of Elkhart; the Kennedy Park neighborhood in the city of South Bend; the Tinkey Oil site in the city of Warsaw; and small towns with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, such as the city of Argos.
“MACOG is excited to continue our momentum in advancing brownfield redevelopment. Our Regional Brownfields Coalition is addressing environmental uncertainty, enabling the redevelopment of sites that would otherwise be left to languish. Our continued efforts since 2019 are making a difference, evidenced by housing projects under construction or completed in Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, South Bend and Warsaw,” said MACOG Director James Turnwald.
These grant programs will help transform once-polluted, vacant and abandoned properties into community assets while helping to create good jobs and spur economic revitalization in overburdened communities, the EPA release said.
Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applications-selected-fy-2024-brownfields-multipurpose-assessment-cleanup-grants-rlf.
To learn more about upcoming events in the MACOG region and to submit sites of interest for funding, visit http://www.macog.com/brownfields.html