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City of Richmond, partners to use federal grant to focus on abandoned properties

The James River and downtown Richmond.
The James River and downtown Richmond.(Source: Pixabay)
Updated: Mar. 23, 2021 at 12:56 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The City of Richmond and other housing organizations will be using a federal grant to assess abandoned and underused properties.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the grant to the city, which will all it to target areas with environmental contaminants and areas with the potential for redevelopment or repurposing.

“This Brownfields assessment grant is crucial to moving our region forward by helping to encourage redevelopment, recruit businesses, create well-paying jobs and revitalize neighborhoods in the City of Richmond and Henrico County”, Keisha M. Birchett, Project Development Manager for the City of Richmond, said.

Brownfields are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties that are hindered by hazardous contaminants or pollutants.

The initial target areas will be sites along the Richmond Highway and Commerce Road corridors, properties around the Henrico Plaza and properties along Mechanicsville Turnpike and the Laburnum Gateway.

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