LEARN MORE ABOUT WOLF RIVER BROWNFIELDS AT AUGUST 4TH OPEN HOUSE
Last year, the EPA provided a $400,000 grant to Shelby County to establish the Wolf River Brownfields Assessment Program. The program aims to assess, safely clean and sustainably reuse brownfields. The EPA defines a brownfield as real property which may be contaminated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
The EPA chose the Wolf River corridor based on its development history and the low median household income in the area. The selected corridor was originally developed for residential use with heavy industry mixed in sporadically. Declines in the various industries through the years led to an increased poverty rate, unemployment and eventually a below-average median income level. The brownfield assessments will help clean up and encourage much needed development in this area.
The program is being administered by the Memphis and Shelby County Department of Planning and Development. The open application for grant assistance began on July 1st, 2011. You can find more information on applying at the county’s website.
There is an open house for anyone interested in a property assessment on August 4th at 5:30 p.m. at Rhodes College.