The city of Milwaukee continues to collect brownfield grant money from the federal government. The city recently was notified that it will receive five brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), totaling $1.3 million. The grants are:
- $200,000 for environmental assessment at sites contaminated with petroleum.
- $200,000 for assessment at sites contaminated with hazardous substances.
- $200,000 for cleanup of 2227 N. 31st St.
- $200,000 for cleanup of 522 W. North Ave.
- $500,000 in supplemental funding for the city’s brownfield revolving loan program.
The $400,000 of assessment funding will be used on sites throughout the city to determine the amount of contamination.
The $400,000 for cleanup will be used to remediate key properties in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor and in the Bronzeville district.
The $500,000 for the city’s brownfield revolving loan fund will be added to the $6 million that the city’s Redevelopment Authority has received from the EPA during the previous six years. The city uses the revolving loan fund to provide low-interest lows and grants for environmental remediation and cleanup of brownfield sites in the city in an attempt to assist redevelopment projects that could result in job creation, increased tax base and be a catalyst for future development.