News Releases from Region 02
EPA Provides $200,000 to the South Bronx Economic Development Corp. 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 South Bronx Overall
Economic Development Corporation in New York City to create a plan for revitalizing the 750-acre Bronx River-Sheridan Expressway
Corridor area. 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
"This EPA grant in the South Bronx will empower communities 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 South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, the Bronx Office of the NYC Department of City Planning, and Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice will establish a community-driven plan to transform the Bronx River-Sheridan Expressway area. The project will build on the 2013 U.S. Department of Transportation-funded "Sheridan-Hunts Point Land Use & Transportation Study" and will create a detailed framework for industrial, residential, commercial and open space uses that seeks to unite and revitalize brownfield neighborhoods on both sides of the Bronx River.
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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