Brownfields are sites, all too common in older manufacturing cities, where redevelopment is complicated by the likely presence of dangerous contaminants from a previous use. St. Louis has plenty of such places, and preparing them for expansion and reuse is a very expensive priority. There are at least a dozen important sites in the City ready for remediation right now.
Yesterday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced that the City’s development agency will receive a $960,000 ARRA grant to provide loans and sub-grants to help carry out cleanup activities, redevelopment projects, and create jobs for local residents living near several brownfields sites. (An earlier $400,000 grant provided funds to clean up the Porter Oil site and the ATCOM site on Goodfellow.)
This is very good news, and great staff work by the St. Louis Development Corp. I will keep you updated on the projects.