The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the City of Framingham with funds to assist property owners investigate environmental conditions on qualifying sites in Framingham which are being considered for redevelopment.
EPA announced in June 2017, that Framingham was 1 of 172 grants selected in the nation for Brownfield's funding! This $300,000 grant will run through September 2020.
This new grant funding will continue the work of our Southeast Framingham Brownfield Plan (PDF). We will also continue with conducting environmental testing across the City. If you are aware of a property that could benefit from this, please click the "Assessment Application" button on the left!
Though this project has been funded wholly or in part, by EPA, the contents of this webpage do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA.
What Is a Brownfield 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.
The new McAuliffe Branch Library under went environmental testing before the building was constructed to ensure there were no environmental risks associated with contamination.
- 2017, June 13 (MetroWest Daily News) Framingham: Town wins $300K from EPA to assess 'Brownfields' (PDF)
- 2012, August 9 (MetroWest Daily News) Officials say Brownfields Grant will help Framingham (PDF)
- 2012, August 8 (Boston Business Journal) Framingham gets $400k to assess Brownfields (PDF)
- 2012, May 26 (MetroWest Daily News) Grant may give boost to Town (PDF)
- 2010, October 19 (MetroWest Daily News) Framingham applying for Brownfields Grants (PDF)
- 2009, May 12 (MetroWest Daily News) Framingham receives $200k Brownfields Grant (PDF)
- 2008, July 13 (Boston Globe) Targeting Tainted Ground (PDF)
2012 Hazardous and Petroleum Assessment Grant
In May 2012, the Town received a $400,000 grant from the EPA: $200,000 for Hazardous Materials Assessments and $200,000 for Petroleum Assessments. Before ending in Fall 2016, after a one year extension, assessments were completed on a number of sites including 68 South Street and properties the Town is acquiring for open space preservation.
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.