News Releases from Region 02
EPA Provides $200,000 to Camden, New Jersey to Support Assessment, Cleanup and Reuse of Contaminated Properties
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is providing $200,000 to the City of Camden
Redevelopment Agency in Camden, New Jersey to create a plan for revitalizing the Mt. Ephraim Choice Neighborhood. This funding
is part of EPA's Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program, which helps communities develop specific strategies that integrate the
cleanup and reuse of brownfields sites in larger, coordinated efforts to revitalize neighborhoods. Brownfields are properties where
moderate contamination threatens environmental quality and public health and can interfere with productive reuse of the properties.
"This EPA funding to Camden empowers community leaders to assess, clean up and revitalize formerly contaminated sites and their impacted neighborhoods through a locally-driven planning process," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "This comprehensive approach will help create jobs while protecting the health of area residents and improving the environment."
The Camden Redevelopment Agency will use the EPA funding to transform the Mt. Ephraim Choice Neighborhood in Camden into a revitalized, mixed-use and sustainable community for residents at a variety of income levels. They will develop a detailed plan to create and rehabilitate housing, attract new businesses and rehabilitate or demolish existing blighted buildings. Multiple city agencies, community groups and other organizations have worked together to leverage these funds with a 2012 Housing and Urban Development Choice Planning Grant. The area-wide project will build on past planning efforts by focusing on brownfields and including job skills training, health care, and community engagement activities.
More information on the grant recipients: http://epa.gov/brownfields/areawide_grants.htm
More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/
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