Public invited to submit ideas, applications for brownfield grant funding at Dec. 5 meeting

  • Nov 29, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Nov. 29, 2016) – Manatee County officials are looking for public investment projects during a Dec. 5 meeting to discuss improvements that may be made to urban corridors, and other areas within Palmetto, Bradenton and unincorporated Manatee County. The Manatee County Brownfields Coalition grant meeting will be Mon., Dec. 5, 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.

 Grant funds may be used to conduct community outreach and visioning, site identification, environmental assessments, cleanup and re-use planning of properties that are potentially suitable for redevelopment as business, residential or greenspace uses. Now in the second year of a three-year $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the County in partnership with Bradenton, Palmetto and the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, continues to invite ideas and locations for redevelopment. The group seeks applications for free environmental assessments to assist with the process to re-use, redevelop or repurpose difficult-to-develop properties.

 

Brownfields are areas where future development or land use is stalled 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 similar properties.

 

“We want people from construction, development, real estate, finance and community groups to know that a simple application and permission to enter the property are all that is needed to get the ball rolling” said Ivan Groom, a Community Redevelopment coordinator with Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department. “Property owners and potential investors should come to the workshop to identify needs and opportunities to use this unique grant funding.”

 

Miles Ballogg, the director of Brownfields and Economic Development from the environmental services firm Cardno, under contract to assist the County, Palmetto and Bradenton coalition will present a variety of Florida redevelopment examples that can be achieved locally by taking advantage of the grant funds. Planning Manager Lisa Barrett will also explain how recent amendments to the County Land Development Code create new redevelopment opportunities along urban corridors.

 

Palmetto CRA Executive Director Jeff Burton and City of Bradenton Community Services and Code Compliance Manager Volker Reiss, along with County Economic Development Official Karen Stewart and Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department Director Geri Lopez will be on hand.

 

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

 

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