Posted on May 29, 2013 15:58
||Crews are at 406 Dawson Street removing four aging underground gas tanks that once served as a gas station at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dawson Street. The site has been vacant for years and qualifies as a Brownfields site, which makes it eligible for federal funding to help with clean-up of the property.
A Brownfields site is an abandoned or under-used property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by potential environmental contaminants. Redeveloping sites such as the gas station is an example of the city’s current focus on infill and redevelopment of properties already inside the city limits as another way to stimulate economic development. Along with encouraging the reuse of existing buildings and developing the few remaining vacant parcels in town, the city is looking at existing regulations to find ways to make development easier.
In 2011, the city received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement a Brownfields program. The grant was used to identify potential Brownfield properties and perform some environmental assessments. This information will help prospective developers understand potential costs and liabilities associated with redeveloping Brownfield sites.
For more information on brownfields, click here.