City Seeks Input On Brownfield Money Uses: Could The River North Site Be On The List?

The city of Fort Wayne’s Redevelopment Department will host a community forum to discuss new brownfield grant funding and to solicit ideas for potential sites to be developed. The forum is Jan. 24 at Parkview Field’s Lincoln Financial Event Center.

Brownfield sites are abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial sites where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the real or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

The city of Fort Wayne continues work with private investors to seek strategies to redevelop such properties as part of an ongoing economic development initiative.

At the forum, city officials will discuss details about the $400,000 Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Assessment grants awarded to the city in June 2011. The EPA selected the city of Fort Wayne as a recipient of two $200,000 Brownfield Assessment Grants; one grant addresses sites potentially impacted by petroleum, and the other grant will evaluate sites that may be contaminated by hazardous substances.

The discussion will also include details on:

How the grants can be used

What type of sites will be eligible for grant assistance

Who to contact if you are interested in redeveloping brownfield areas

How you can keep up-to-date on brownfield events/project status

How to suggest sites as potential brownfields

-News Sentinel

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Categories: RIver North, Riverfront Development

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