Brownfields are abandoned, idle, or underutilized industrial and commercial properties where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Brownfields can be as small as an old corner gas station or as large as a manufacturing facility.
Lexington submitted an application for $200,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 EPA Brownfield Program Cleanup grant funds to help address environmental concerns identified at the Old Fayette County Courthouse located at 215 West Main Street on January 22, 2014. The EPA will announce awards sometime this spring. The application can be viewed here, and EPA grant guidelines can be viewed here. The draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives can be viewed here. Questions about the grant can be emailed here.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Program helps communities address potential health risks and restore the economic viability of brownfield properties. Lexington earlier received a $400,000 in EPA Brownfield Program Assessment Grant funds to assess Fayette County brownfield sites. The funds are being used to identify potential brownfield sites that could benefit by being assessed, to perform environmental site assessments, and to develop cleanup plans. Half of the funds are being used for properties that may be contaminated by petroleum, with the remaining half being used for properties that may be contaminated with hazardous substances.
Participation in the Assessment Grant Program is voluntary for property owners, and the site assessments and cleanup plans are performed at no cost. This is a community-wide assessment grant that can be used on any property in the county that meets eligibility requirements.
Assessing brownfield properties in our community is the first step in developing a plan to revitalize and reclaim these pieces of property.