The City of Rockford has learned they are the recipient of a $200,000 supplemental grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in the redevelopment of Brownfield sites. Of particular significance in the award is the distinction that Rockford is the only city in the state of Illinois to receive the supplemental grant.
Brownfield sites, so called because of the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant on the property, are scattered throughout the city. These properties present a challenge in redevelopment because of the cost associated with the appropriate removal of potentially dangerous contaminants.
As explained by Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I): The opportunity to return these sites to our community is exciting. Many of these properties are in prime riverfront property. Their location is the keystone in making the area an active part of Rockford again.
Properties designated as Brownfield sites in Rockford include Ingersoll, Barber-Colman, and more than 100 petroleum-related sites.
This represents a wonderful opportunity to utilize an incentive to encourage investment and mitigate Brownfields at the same time, said Community Development Director Reid Montgomery. The grant dollars provided by the U.S. EPA will make it that much more possible to return these properties to the development pool, he added.
This additional federal funding will go a long way in helping clean up this area of the City of Rockford and help in the efforts to create economic development opportunities for downtown Rockford, said U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-16). The City of Rockford has been working hard on this initiative, and I congratulate Mayor Morrissey and his staff for winning this award.
from the Aug 1-7, 2007, issue