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Wayne County gets $3M for cleanup of multiple sites

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Wayne County and the Wayne County Regional Land Bank have secured close to $3 million in federal and state grants, as per announcements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The funding is aimed at the assessment and cleanup of polluted and derelict sites, including four sites on Canal Street, Lyons, in the Canal/Geneva Street corridor project.

The EPA highlighted this as the largest funding in the EPA’s Brownfields grant program history due to a significant boost from the infrastructure legislation.

The Wayne County Regional Land Bank will receive $800,000 for various environmental initiatives, including site assessments, cleanup plans, and community engagement activities.

Officials said the funding would help prepare Lyons’ Canal/Geneva Street area for redevelopment, supplementing the Restore New York funding received earlier.

Wayne County is set to receive $1 million to facilitate further environmental site assessments and development of cleanup plans. In addition to this, the Land Bank has been awarded $1 million from the New York State’s Land Bank Initiative, a part of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2023 state budget.

This will be used to supplement the Canal Street project, as well as other local economic development efforts.