Brownfield Grants Clean Up Contaminated Properties and Promote Economic Redevelopment Nationwide

[music] Scott Tigler: Some of the brownfield sites in these little historic towns are the best pieces of property in the best locations.
That’s why they were built on 150 years ago. Michael Paprocki: We had this legacy of steel
manufacturing, glass manufacturing, pottery manufacturing. It was nice, flat,
developable land that was along the Ohio River bank that was prime real estate,
but there had to be a need to clean up the pollutants from those either a
hundred, or a hundred and fifty years of those manufacturing activities. Matt Ward: We can’t
be a vibrant community if the center of it is marked by this blight and
brownfields. In 2000, the EPA gave us our first grant. Since then, EPA has given
Charlestown and Ranson eight brownfield grants, some to assess and investigate
the pollution, some to do planning for what kind of vision for reuse we wanted
to have. Rusty Worley: The EPA grant, brownfields grant, was instrumental in helping in a couple
of ways. One, inspiring investor confidence to look at this area and
creating a vision that those developers could rally around, and then doing the
the fundamental work of the cleanup. Merl Craft: And then the end goal is hopefully to have
commercial and manufacturing and to bring jobs into our community. Scott Tigler: So this
will all get redeveloped into retail space and lofts above and it’s right on
Main Street. It’s really a perfect location, it’s prime property in town. Matt Ward: We could not have done this without the EPA brownfields program. It’s making a real
difference and people see it, and people believe in it. So, it’s been a great
brownfields partnership. [MUSIC]

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