Roanoke’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund grant has been extended to September 2013. Funds are still available to Roanoke property owners and prospective buyers who are in need of environmental cleanup to their property. The grant comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Visit www.roanokeva.gov/brownfields for more information.
Here is the press release from The City of Roanoke
Roanoke, VA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently extended the city’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grant to September 2013. RLF funds are used for the environmental cleanup of properties, including lead and asbestos abatement. The grant still has more than $1 million available for low to no-interest loans to for-profit entities and up to $200,000 in grant funds to non-profit organizations. The former Virginian Railway Station on Jefferson Street is an example of a recent RLF project.
More than $475,000 in assessment grants is also still available for property owners and prospective buyers through the city’s brownfields program. These funds can be used for Phase I and II environmental site assessments, and other studies. The city has three environmental firms under contract to provide these services as expeditiously as the private sector. City staff handles administration of the grants and coordinates services for applicants. Recent assessments have been completed at 1210 Patterson Ave., 305 1st St., and 131 Campbell Ave.
Properties anywhere in the city may be eligible. All property owners and prospective buyers are encouraged to call Frederick Gusler, Senior City Planner with the Department of Planning, Building and Development, at 853-1104, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the city’s brownfields program, visit www.roanokeva.gov/brownfields.