$7 M-Plus Granted for Brownfields in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the recipient of nearly $2.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds and $4.4 million from the EPA brownfields general program funding to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use, according to a May 11 press release.

"Cleaning and reusing contaminated properties provide the catalyst to improving the lives of residents living in or near brownfields communities," said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "A revitalized brownfields site reduces threats to human health and the environment, creates green jobs, promotes community involvement, and attracts investment in local neighborhoods."

Applicants selected to receive Recovery Act funds are:

  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, $895,000, community-wide coalition grant
  • Town of Framingham, $200,000, community-wide assessment grant
  • Franklin Regional Council of Governments, $200,000, community-wide assessment grant
  • City of Holyoke, $200,000, clean-up grant for Former Mountain Road Firing Range
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, $400,000, two community-wide assessment grants
  • Montachusett Regional Planning Commission, $200,000, community-wide assessment grant
  • City of New Bedford, $200,000, community-wide assessment grant
  • Town of North Brookfield, $200,000, clean-up grant for 14 South Common Street Site
  • City of Worcester, $200,000, community-wide assessment grant.

Applicants selected to receive brownfields general program funds are:

  • Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, $400,000, two community-wide assessment grants
  • Housing Support Inc., $200,000, clean-up grant for Former Hooker-Howe Costume Company site located in Haverhill
  • City of Lowell, $400,000, two community-wide assessment grants
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection, $1 million, community-wide coalition grants
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, $1 million, community-wide revolving loan fund grant
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, $1 million, community-wide coalition grant
  • New Garden Park, Inc., $400,000, two clean-up grants for Former Worcester Vocational High School