SULLIVAN, IND. – The City of Sullivan was awarded $300,000 grant award in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields funding through their Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs.
With these funds, the City will promote economic redevelopment efforts, investigate potential environmental contamination at up to 10 properties, which have been identified as brownfields, or properties for which the expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The selected Sullivan properties include vacant filling stations and a dry cleaner along or near State Street.
“The City of Sullivan is very excited and very grateful to our friends at the EPA for their choice to invest in our hometown. There have been numerous private investments over the past few years in our community,” said Sullivan Mayor Clint D. Lamb. “This partnership with the EPA will provide a very important economic tool to investigate cleaning up areas of opportunity for future investment.”
Even low levels of contamination can be a barrier to reusing an old industrial or commercial property, and these funds will allow the City to be proactive in ensuring these development opportunities are attractive to prospective businesses. As the City focuses on new housing, businesses, and recreational opportunities, these funds will increase the City’s availability for those developments.
Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfield Program provide communities across the country with an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets that attract jobs and achieve broader economic development outcomes while taking advantage of existing infrastructure.
“Many communities are ready to move forward with redevelopment, they just lack the funding to get started,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp. “Our Brownfields grants can jump-start the process and provide much-needed support to begin the assessment and cleanup process.”