Manatee seeks input on brownfields grant projects at Dec. 16 meeting

  • Dec 9, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 9, 2015) – Manatee County officials are looking for public feedback during a meeting next week to discuss improvements that may be made to improve areas of U.S. 41, and other areas within Palmetto, Bradenton and unincorporated Manatee County.

 Earlier this year Manatee County, in partnership with Bradenton, Palmetto and the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, received a three year $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support the redevelopment of brownfields. The group seeks community guidance for the use of the funding.

 

The Manatee County Brownfields Coalition grant meeting will be Wed., Dec. 16 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Central Library 1301 Barcarrota Blvd, Bradenton. Grant funds may be used to conduct community outreach, site identification, environmental assessments, cleanup and re-use planning of properties that are potentially suitable for redevelopment as business, residential or greenspace uses.

 

“We’re hoping people will come to exchange ideas on construction, development, real estate and finance in those areas of on and near Tamiami Trail where the grant can be spent, said Ivan Groom, the redevelopment coordinator with Manatee County Neighborhood Services. “Property owners and potential investors should come to the workshop to identify needs and opportunities to use this unique grant funding.”

 

Brownfields are areas where future development or land use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination from prior or nearby uses. Typical sites that might be eligible for funding include former gas stations, dry cleaners, junk yards, auto repair shops, factories, rail, and other similar properties.

 

For additional information, call (941) 749-3029 ext. 6232, or email brownfields@mymanatee.org, or visit www.mymanatee.org/brownfields

 

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