City of Connersville
EPA Community-Wide Assessment Grant
The City of Connersville has been awarded a $300,000 EPA Community-Wide Brownfields Assessment Grant. The grants are nationally competitive and the Grant will provide funding for the inventory, prioritization, assessment and cleanup planning for priority brownfields in the City through September 2020.
Brownfields are defined as "abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial properties where reuse or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination." Typical brownfields include abandoned industrial or commercial properties, former dry cleaners, old gas stations, vacant schools, old hospitals, former grain elevators and properties that contain asbestos or lead paint. Vacant, deteriorating properties cause property values around them to decline, especially as they become hot spots for vandalism, drug use and crime, making it even more difficult to draw employers and investors to the City. Assessing these properties is the first step in preparing them for redevelopment.
The City is eager to involve residents in this effort and will be providing more information as activities begin. Please contact Diana Wright, Grant Administrator, City of Connersville at 765-222-1310 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to provide input on possible brownfields in your neighborhood. For more on the EPA brownfields program, visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/.