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College Park Receives U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant

College Park Receives U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant
Posted on 05/12/2021
EPA


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


City of College Park Receives Grants for Environmental Initiatives for Third Year

Environmental Protection Agency grants city nearly $1.5M for environmental improvements

College Park, Ga. (Tuesday, May 11) – The City of College Park announces, in tandem with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it has been awarded multiple grants for the third time, dedicated to environmental enhancements. Totaling nearly $1.5M for the City, College Park has incrementally increased its grant awards year over year, from $300k in 2017, to $1.3M in 2019 and now, just under $1.5M, including an $800k Multi-use Brownfields Grant$300k Brownfields Assessment Grant and a $395k Brownfields Cleanup Grant. These grants allow the City of College Park to continue to enhance its community and propel the City forward as it further positions itself as a destination.

“I’m proud to be a part of the College Park economic development team as we continue to make strides in improving the College Park community, both economically and environmentally, says Artie Jones III, Director of Economic Development for the City of College Park and Executive Director of Clearly College ParkThese funds allow us to continue pursuit of environmental initiatives throughout the City of College Park, including the cleanup of the Main Street assemblage mixed-use project and the cleanup and assessment of Finding the Flint’s Headwater Nature Preserve, that will restore ecologically an amazing watershed and transform it into a community amenity.”

The Clearly College Park Development Authority and the Department of Economic Development spearhead the grant application process each year, with past funds dedicated to the assessment and cleanup of the Historic College Park Golf Course, among other purposes.

The City of College Park is pleased and humbled to be the recipient of EPA Brownfields funds for the third time in the last five fiscal years. We appreciate the trust the agency has placed in us to responsibly manage these projects,” says Bianca Motley Broom, Mayor of the City of College ParkOur residents, employees, business owners and visitors all deserve a community built with the principles of environmental stewardship. With these grants, College Park takes another step toward that vision.

This year’s awards include:

  • Brownfields Multipurpose Grant – funds will be used for environmental assessment, cleanup and planning of properties along the Flint River and its tributaries within the City of College Park – including high-priority Headwaters Nature Preserve.

  • Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant – funds will continue environmental assessment and planning of new projects, notably for the Six West development and surrounding neighborhoods, including sampling of soil, groundwater and other materials, identifying any potential contamination.

  • Cleanup Grant – funds will be used for cleanup of a historic gas station along Main Street, impacted by petroleum and dry cleaning solvents, as well as for the further development of reuse plans and community engagement. The site is intended to become an open-air, mixed-use development, preserving the historic building.

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Since 2017, the College Park community has received nearly $2.6 in grant funds – signifying the EPA sees the potential in opportunities the City’s team has fostered.

“The City’s Economic Development Department and Clearly College Park are continuously making strides to improve and expand opportunities within College Park. Their planning, persistence and ability to leverage funds, while focusing on improving the area’s environmental and public health, is the base of their success in obtaining EPA funding,” said Amy Worsham, AICP, Regional Services Manager with Cardno“I am excited to see the outcomes of these projects that will benefit the community and environment.

The Fifth Congressional District and the City of College Park are on the cutting edge of environmental leadership. Receiving funding from the Environmental Protection Agency in increasing amounts for three years is a rare accomplishment. I am proud of College Park’s commitment to the environment while ensuring its residents and the surrounding community are protected and preserved as improvement projects are underway,” shared U.S. Representative Nikema Williams, Georgia District 5. I am excited to continue working with College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom, the College Park City Council, and the residents of College Park to build a cleaner, healthier, and sustainable city for everyone.

For more information on these grants, please read the full release from the EPA here. To learn more about the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkga.com.

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About College Park:

Encompassing 11.1 square miles, College Park is home to the world headquarters of Chick-fil-A, the most traveled airport worldwide in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, and has the largest and one of the most prestigious K-12 private schools in the continental United States – Woodward Academy. College Park has one of Georgia’s most vibrant historical communities, while the city moves boldly ahead in new technologies and alternative fuel and energy platforms. College Park’s progressive mission focuses on economic development, hospitality and entertainment. The city-operated Georgia International Convention Center boasts the largest ballroom in the state of Georgia, in addition to the Gateway Center Arena @ College Park, home to the College Park Skyhawks and the Atlanta Dream.

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