Salt Lake County Awarded $600,000 by EPA to Further Property Cleanup, Redevelopment
Posted By Regional Development
May 11, 2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 151 communities to receive grants totaling $66.5 million in brownfields funding on Tuesday, May 11, with Salt Lake County one of just two applicants in Utah to receive funds.
The EPA approved Salt Lake County for $600,000 in new assessment funding. This will assist local efforts in planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.
“Salt Lake County and our coalition partners, Murray and Salt Lake City, are thrilled to receive another community-wide assessment grant,” said Jevon Gibb, Salt Lake County Economic Development Director. “Under previous grants, we have been able to assess key properties that have facilitated redevelopment and public health improvements throughout the county. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the EPA on this great program.”
Since its creation in 2019, the Salt Lake Brownfields Coalition — consisting of Salt Lake County, Murray, and Salt Lake City — has assessed 15 blighted properties for cleanup and redevelopment in Salt Lake County. According to the EPA, a study found that residential properties near brownfield sites increased in value by 5% to 15% because of cleanup activities.
The grant will specifically used to conduct environmental site assessments at dozens of properties, including:
- Locations at Camp Kearns,
- Seven Peaks Waterpark site,
- Murray City Central Business District and
- Magna Main St. target areas.
“These assessment and cleanup grants will not only support economic growth and job creation, but they will also empower communities to address the environmental, public health, and social issues associated with contaminated land,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a press release.
Brownfields are considered environmentally contaminated properties, often common sites of closed dry cleaners, auto shops, car washes, and gas stations; manufacturing and industrial properties; and even residential neighborhoods.
If you know a site in Salt Lake County that could benefit from cleanup, or are a developer seeking support, visit slco.org/brownfields for information about loan programs and resources available.