EPA funds brownfield redevelopment in Maine

Two existing Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund recipients will receive $1.1 million in supplemental funding.

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June 13, 2017
CDR Staff
Construction Demolition Legislation & Regulations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected two existing Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) recipients in Maine to receive a total of $1.1 million in supplemental funding. The additional support will help the entities continue their work cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties.

The funds will help communities reuse vacant and abandoned properties and turn them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services, transportation options, infrastructure and commerce opportunities.

"These supplemental funds help provide communities with resources to help clean up contamination and turn blighted land into opportunities that can generate jobs and spur economic growth," says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

RLF grants fund loans and subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. These supplemental funds are provided to communities with current RLF grants who have already achieved success in their brownfields work and keep the momentum going.

The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in Fairfield will receive $500,000 in supplemental funds, and the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission in Saco will receive $600,000 in supplemental funds.

"Kennebec Valley Council of Governments is sincerely grateful for the opportunity to continue our brownfields program through supplemental funding. In our district of Kennebec, Somerset and western Waldo counties, our Revolving Loan Fund program has enabled the reuse of a contaminated schoolhouse as a food hub, the development of a disused tannery as a small manufacturing space, the creation of new medical building on the site of a contaminated and deserted steel manufacturing business, and the creation of housing in a former hospital building," said executive director Rosie Vanadestine.

"The Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) is deeply appreciative of the supplemental funding for our Revolving Loan Fund Program, which will enable us to continue with our active clean-up efforts in communities both large and small all over York and southern Oxford County. To date the funding has resulted in 18 loan and grant awards for clean-up, accounting for 140 new jobs created, 52 million in leveraged private- and public-sector dollars and 240 units of new housing. We look forward to continuing with these efforts," says Executive Director Paul Schumacher.

Former successful RLF communities have leveraged more than $6.3 billion in cleanup and redevelopment investments and completed more than 657 cleanups. For example, RLF funds are being used to turn the Home Supply Center Warehouse site in Belfast, Maine, into a four-story, $4 million mixed-use redevelopment to include residential condominiums and commercial space. The project is in the downtown commercial area and is expected to generate approximately 10 to 20 jobs.