Funding to assess ‘brownfield’ properties extended through Sept. 2024
November 14, 2023
The City of Vancouver, in partnership with Clark County Public Health and the Vancouver Housing Authority, has received a one-year extension through Sept. 2024 to continue its work to support the assessment of properties with potentially dangerous pollution or contaminants, also known as brownfields. The project was funded by a $600,000 Brownfields Coalition grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, originally set to expire in September this year.
“Brownfield sites are properties that are vacant or underutilized due to environmental contamination. They can, however, be cleaned up and made safe,” said Shannon Williams, senior long-range planner at the City of Vancouver. “This funding allows us to support property owners interested in redeveloping these sites as public spaces, community amenities, housing and businesses. Together, with our partners, we’re strengthening neighborhoods, creating jobs, reducing health risks and promoting a cleaner environment.”
To date, the City and its partners have invested over $328,000 in local projects, including several affordable housing developments. The coalition focuses its efforts on affordable housing and increasing community amenities, with a focus on areas surrounding the Fourth Plain corridor between I-5 and I-205 in central Vancouver. Locations throughout Vancouver and Clark County are also eligible.
The City is currently recruiting interested property owners to partner with. Participation is voluntary. Visit the project website for more information.