Using monies received from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Town helps property owners investigate environmental conditions on qualifying sites in Framingham which are being considered for redevelopment. The current grant of $400,000 was received in May 2012 and runs through September 30, 2015. Learn more about the current grant.
What is a brownfields site? The EPA defines a brownfield site as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant". The full legal context for the Brownfields Grants can be found at the EPA website.
Brownfields Assessment Program
The goal of the Brownfields Assessment Program is to help owners minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with Brownfields. These funds are designed to kick-start a redevelopment process that ultimately results in new development with the goals of stabilizing neighborhoods, adding jobs and homes, and increasing the Town's tax base.
2009 Petroleum Assessment Grant In May 2009, the Town received a $200,000 grant from the EPA and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Before ending in Fall 2012, detailed assessments were completed on 5 sites including a new community garden on the South side of Town and several underutilized commercial sites.
2008 Hazardous Materials Assessment Grant
In April 2008, the Town received a $200,000 grant from the EPA. Before ending in Fall 2012, after a one year extension, assessments were completed on a number of projects including land to be purchased for the new McAuliffe branch library and land for the Cochituate Rail Trail.