City of Toledo Receives $500,000 Community Wide Assessment Grant from US EPA
The US EPA announced today the City of Toledo was awarded a $500,000 grant through its Community Wide Assessment Program. The grant will be used to perform Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, along with risk assessments, remedial planning, market studies and end use planning activities on brownfield sites throughout the City.
The City partnered with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Lucas County Land Bank, ConnecToledo, and Metroparks Toledo to apply for the funding in December 2021.
“In a post-industrial city like Toledo, Assessment Grants are a critical tool for proactively identifying obstacles to redeveloping properties in our community” said Marc Gerdeman, Brownfield Redevelopment Officer for the City.
This is the ninth Assessment Grant the City has received since 1997. In total, Toledo has received 24 grants from the US EPA totaling $9.4 million that has leveraged $81 million in additional investments for cleanup and redevelopment activities.
“The City of Toledo is grateful for its strong partnership with the US EPA. We have accomplished so much for our residents with their continued support, including the redevelopment of hundreds of acres of land, the creation of new jobs and needed investment in our urban core” Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.
“Restoring industrial and commercial properties that have long suffered from hazardous contamination is not only good for the environment, it’s good for our economy and neighborhoods,” U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur said.
“Thanks to the bipartisan Jobs and Infrastructure Bill, we are growing investments in Toledo to breathe new life into vacant and run-down sites that can house the companies and good-paying jobs of tomorrow.”