In 2012, the City of Kent was awarded two United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Community-Wide Assessment Grants to provide up to $400,000 in funding to support the reuse and revitalization of properties within the City. In cooperation with the U.S. EPA, the City is soliciting the support and involvement of community-based organizations and the general public in the development of a sustainable Site Reuse and Revitalization Program.
What Is a Brownfield?
Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused properties where there may be environmental contamination. Redevelopment efforts are often hindered by the liability for the cleanup or the uncertainty of cleanup costs. Brownfield sites that aren’t cleaned up represent lost opportunities for economic development and for other community improvements.
How Do Brownfields Impact My Community?
- Harm human health and the environment
- Limit job growth, economic development and tax revenue
- Reduce surrounding property values
- Contribute to neighborhood crime
Why Redevelop a Brownfield?
Cleanup and redevelopment can turn a perceived problem into a community asset. A restored brownfield can stimulate a community’s economy, save green space from development, and provide an opportunity for habitat restoration or park creation. A city or town can restore properties to active use, increase jobs and the local tax base, mitigate public health and safety concerns, and improve community image.
How Will Kent's Grant Funds Be Used?
- Create an inventory of brownfield sites;
- Identify priority sites for reuse;
- Assist property owners through site assessment (type/extent of contamination, how to clean up);
- Community outreach and stakeholder meetings;
- Plan for revitalization of priority areas or corridors.
If you own or represent contaminated property that could benefit from assistance, please contact us to find out if your property qualifies.