EPA Awards Grants To Help Revitalize Contaminated Properties

Sacramento and West Sac will share more than a $1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue cleaning up lead-contaminated properties for eventual re-use.

EPA officials say the city of Sacramento will be getting three-quarters of a million dollars in Brownfields funding.  Priority is being given to North Sacramento where a federally-designated Housing and Urban Development Zone includes neighborhoods that Councilman Allen Warren says have both a need and the capacity for positive change.

“It’s going to be a tremendous catalyst that will allow jobs, economic development and long-term housing – which our region needs,” said Warren.

West Sacramento is getting a $300,000 grant which will focus on the Pioneer Bluff Project along the Sacramento River.

“This type of groundwork is really essential to make projects ground ready for development,” said Councilman Mark Johannessen.  “It helps us really market the properties.  It helps us bring in developers that can actually do development agreements and scope out the entire project.”

The city of Stockton is getting a $600,000 grant to support transit-oriented development.  Another $600,000 will go to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. 

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