Since 2006, Durham has been awarded $1.8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield assessment and job training. This funding includes a $399,999 EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant awarded in 2014. Over the next three years (thru September 30, 2017) Durham will engage in community outreach, environmental assessment, and cleanup planning activities to support the redevelopment of targeted brownfield properties throughout the City. For information on the City’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program, visit the link.
The ultimate goal of the Brownfield Assessment Grant is to return brownfield properties in Durham to productive use. Besides safely restoring the brownfield properties, the City’s brownfield assessment program will help to build stronger, safer, and healthier neighborhoods, by providing employment opportunities, incentivizing community revitalization efforts, and serving as a catalyst for development citywide.
EPA encourages community involvement in EPA brownfield grant funded programs; therefore, we are actively seeking residents who desire to learn more about the City’s brownfield assessment program and to assist with outreach efforts. The City is also seeking property owners interested in revitalizing their potential brownfield property. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn how the community can get involved and the benefits of this program to a property owner or a developer interested in acquiring a brownfield property.