The Portland Brownfield Program will fund the redevelopment of brownfield sites through a 3-year EPA grant, with a target area of East Portland.
A brownfield is a property where contamination or concern about contamination interferes with reuse. Cleaning up such properties can be costly and intimidating, and this project hopes to ease concerns about potential contamination by helping with the cost of environmental site assessments and more.
Staff are also available to offer free technical assistance for all brownfield questions and concerns.
Cleaning up brownfields improves neighborhoods, reduces risk to human health, protects water quality, and provides jobs while restoring vacant sites to productive use. Revitalizing former gas stations, dry cleaners, and other underused commercial properties makes neighborhoods feel more safe while encouraging active transportation and creating a stronger sense of community.
This project will fund initiatives that show a benefit to the community, such as affordable housing developments, the creation of new urban green spaces, and small businesses.